‘Embark on an Adventure into the Wilderness of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third Higehst Mountain Peak of the world and Put your Footsteps at South and North Base Camps of it’
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is for adventure seekers. More specifically, those who are passionate to high level of adventure in their life can go for this trek. The trek takes you to both South and North Kanchenjunga Base Camp and offers you an opportunity to witness majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu, Mt.Janu and Mt. Everest.
Won’t it be exciting and adventurous putting your footsteps above 5000m high at the third world highest mountain’s base camp, Kanchenjunga? Definitely, it will.
Witnessing mighty glaciers, walking through local villages, lush forests, natural water falls, terraced farmlands, exploring sacred monasteries, spending quality of time with local people and colorful prayer flags, befriending with incredible mountain summits and high pasture rustic lands and pristine and delightful surrounding will, undoubtedly, enrich your venture during Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.
Exploring Kanchenjunga Conservation Area with distinctly rare species of flora and fauna will be a sensational experience during this trek. The rare species of animals like snow leopard, the Asian black bear, and red panda can be seen on the trail while walking up to Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Kanchenjunga Protected Area is also a good abode to the birds like golden-breasted fulvetta, snow cock and blood pheasant and the plants like juniper, pine, rhododendron and fir are very popular and make your trip to the base camp and back more pleasant, serene and refreshing.
The triangular culture and civilization from India, Tibet and Nepal is very exciting to experience. The life style of the people residing at the border, their religious and traditional beliefs, economic activities, local food items and the rustic, less crowded and unspoiled mindset of the people will lure the trekkers on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking Trail.
Yes, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a restricted area trekking in Nepal protected by Kanchenjunga Conservation Area/Kanchenjunga National Park connecting to the borders of India and Tibet. Like Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo and Manaslu Circuit Trek and Tsum Valley Trek, it is still in the list of restricted area trekking because the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking Trail is located at the border between Nepal, India and Tibet. Particular area is declared as a restricted area trekking because of the security issue between two countries. Same thing is with Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. To enter into Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking area, one requires obtaining a special/restricted area trekking permit from the government office along with TIMS Card and Protected Area Entry Permit.
The ones who are planning for their Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking require obtaining three different trekking permits. These permits are: TIMS Card, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Entry Permit and Special Area/ Restricted Area Permit. TIMS Card cost USD 10, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Entry Permit costs Rs.3000 and Restricted Area Permit cost USD 100 for the first week and has to pay USD 15 per day. Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit Cost from December to August is low because December to August is off season or a low time for Kanchenjunga Trekking.
The authorized trekking or travel company with whom you are planning your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek will arrange or help you obtaining these permits. Ask them to get them for you beforehand the trek.
What is the best time of the year for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking? Of course, this question will be very common and mandatory to be raised beforehand venturing on the trail because one must know the best weather/time of the year so that they can make their Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek a memorable and can accomplish comfortably. The best time to travel to Kanchenjunga region is between Sep-Nov. These months in Nepal not only offer best time for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek but they also are the finest times of the year for trekking and hiking. The temperature is mild, the region and the trail receives no rain and snowfall and the mountain breathtaking during the months September, October and November.
Similarly, people who are willing to travel to Kanchenjunga region can find the months March, April and May equally beautiful as September, October and November. The flowering rhododendron in lower Kanchenjunga region makes the trail more enchanting during the trek.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is an adventure trekking in a restricted area of Nepal located in Kanchenjunga region. The trek begins at an altitude of 1400m in Kathmandu and then we take a 45 minutes flight to Bhadrapur and drive to To Taplejung (1820m. /5971fit) . Gradully, we get to the highest elevation, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp) (5,143m/16,880ft) which is very challenging. So, we are ascending up to 5100 m high which means trekking above 5000m is not easy, really it’s not easy. Therefore, a well preparation beforehand the trekking is must. Those who can walk 6-7 hours above 4000m can easily conquer over Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek regardless to any other unforeseen circumstances.
Definitely, one must prepare very well before you venture into a particular trekking trip. Exactly the same thing is required for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. One must practice shorter hiking/trekking going up and down for at least 5-6 hours in the hills or in the mountains that helps to build up stamina and in order to enable your body to adopt new altitude you get during the trek. Besides, do some regular exercises like jogging, running, walking and so on prior to the trekking. If you have any serious health issues that may trouble you during the trek, please address them on time consulting the doctor.
Carry first-aid kit with some basic medicines you may require on the trek. Be accompanied with all necessary trekking equipment and with a professional trekking crew including an experienced and hospitable guide. Also, most importantly, prepare and carry authentic travel insurance with you so that you may not be hindered if any cases of rescue occur on the trail. Pack up some light snacks like chocolate, candy and biscuits so that you won’t go starved in case you don’t get food on time. Make sure that you have everything you require in the mountain to go above 5000m high into the wild mountains.
Since Bhadrapur is around 500kms from Kathmandu for drive, trekkers who are undertaking their Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek go with domestic flight to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu. The flight lasts for 45 minutes.
People also can go with drive but it takes almost two days to get Bhadrapur/Taplejung and Ilam to Suketar from Kathmandu and the roads will get disturbed due to heavy traffic and accidents. Also, sometimes, the rain and the landslides sweep away the country road. Therefore, it is not recommended to take a drive to Bhadrapur/ Taplejung/Ilam and Suketar, the trailhead of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.
From Bhadrapur, you have to take a drive for 6-7 hours drive for Ilam and then again another day drive to Suketar and will do the same while returning back to Bhadrapur for another short flight to Kathmandu.
One can directly fly to Suketar if you want escaping all flight to Bhadrapur, drive to Ilam and Taplejung. Majority of the people do take direct flight from Kathmandu to Suketar to begin their Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.
Since Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is one of the remote and less crowded treks specified as a restricted area trekking by the government of Nepal, the trekkers who are undertaking this trek will be having a very basic food and accommodation at local teahouses and lodges. The local lodges and teahouse are run by the local people and they offer only ordinary accommodation because they are very remote from the modern cities. However, the beds you are using will be comfortable and clean enough to spend a single night or may be two nights.
Now, let’s talk about Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Foods. Again, the food items are presented in the menu by the local teahouses/lodges. Actually, they don’t offer many items of food in their menu and you have to find some of the items from it. They, normally, offer Nepali Daal Bhat, Curries, Noodle Soup, French Fires, Tibetan Bread, Dumpling etc. Some of the local lodge/teahouses offer you continental, Chinese and Asian foods too. But, don’t expect to enjoy your favorite food item of food like you do in modern restaurants in the cities. In fact, you make one local item favorite during the trek. Can’t you? Or Nepali Daal Bhat can be your favorite.
You are suggested to bring some light snacks for the trek so that you don’t go starved on the trail if you even don’t want to have the food items mentioned in the menu.
Vegetarian? Yes, vegetarian will have the options of foods. They will offer you only vegetable items if you don’t want to have meat on the trail. You don’t need to panic about it.
You are allowed to have your own item of snacks or food during the trek at teahouse/lodge.
Once you are in Kathmandu (1400m), you are at 1400m and you will be transferred to Bhadrapur via 45 minutes domestic flight from Kathmandu. Then, you will drive to Taplejung (1820m. /5971fit) via Ilam. Next, we undertake another drive to Suketar (2420m. /7939ft.)) to begin Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek formally.
The trail, now, ascends through the local villages like Simbu (1845m/6053ft.) to Tellok (1500m./4921fit.) Khebang (1915m./6282ft.) Yamphudin (2080m./6824ft.) and finally to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (4730m./15518ft) through Ramche (4580.m/15026ft.)
Then, the elevation switches for Kanchenjunga North Base Camp through the villages and the elevations like Selele –la (4480m./14698ft.) and Ghunsa (3427m./11243ft.). Finally, we get to the most awaited destination and the highest elevation of this trek, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,143m/16,880ft) passing through Lhonak (4,790m/15,715ft).
Summing up, the trek begins with an elevation of 1400m in Kathmandu and takes you to the highest elevation of 5143m passing through Kanchenjunga South Base Camp ((4730m./15518ft) which Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. We will have acclimatization at an elevation of 3,600m/11,810ft which is Gunsha.
Acclimatization is very important while you are going above 5000m in the mountain. We will have a day acclimatization at Gunsha (3,600m/11,810ft) on the trail beforehand getting to the highest elevation of 5143m which Kanchenjunga North Base Camp in Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Also, we get the elevation gradually by ascending with the proper pacing. If you ascend quickly while trekking in the mountain, there is high possibility of getting acute altitude sickness.
If you want to add another day for acclimatization, we will set Kanchenjunga CircuitTrek Itinerary accordingly.
Yes, there are some cases of altitude or acute mountain sickness with the trekkers every year. Then, what happen to them? They are evacuated safely or made okay with some first aids taking them to the lower elevation. Acute mountain sickness is sudden so that one has to adopt some important precautions:
Get elevation gradually with proper acclimatization
Address your health issues if you have beforehand the trek
Don’t smoke and drink a lot at higher elevation
Avoid having impure water and food during the trek
Use right and reliable trekking equipment
Have a sound sleep
Report immediately to the leader if you have any problem during the trek
Carry first-aid kit with some basic medicines
Internet, Phone and Wifi Services on the Trail
You can simply install local Nepali SIM card in your cellphone and take it to the mountain. You can also buy data pack to run internet on the trail. In fact, for some days at higher elevation, it may not work, but, it will help you a lot during the trek. You can buy either NT or NCELL Sim car and install call and internet on your phone. It will take no more than Rs.100 for you to get it.
You can also have the access of internet or Wi Fi on the trail at local lodges/teahouses. They may charge you Rs. 200-500 per password or per device.
You can even talk to your family, relatives and the friends from the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking Trail very easily and can share your images and the videos instantly. There wouldn’t be these facilities few years back. Let’s hope that there will be more facilities like luxury accommodation, modern restaurants , ATMs, Shops and Banks in the days to come so that trekkers will enjoy the things they like during the trek.
No. Solo traveler cannot do Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. No solo traveler is permitted to do trekking in restricted area like Kanchnejunga area in Nepal by the government. One has to find at least 2 people or can join the bigger group to do Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Also, the group has to be accompanied at least a guide during the trek. It means, without hiring an authorized and licensed guide, the group is not allowed to go in Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking trail. So, make as many inquiries as you like with the trekking company you are using for your trek before you embark on the trail.
One who is planning for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek require obtaining there different trekking permits. These permits are: TIMS Card, Kanchnejunga Conservation Area Entry Permit and Special Area/ Restricted Area Permit. TIMS Card cost $ 10, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Entry Permit costs $.30 and Restricted Area Permit cost USD 100 for the first week and has to pay USD 15 per day. Kanchnejunga Restricted Area Permit Cost from December to August is low because December to August is off season or a low time for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.
The trekking or travel company with whom you are planning your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek will arrange or help you obtaining these permits. Ask them to get them for you beforehand the trek.
You have to hire at least one guide/porter (preferably a licensed to do Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek because one is not allowed to go there without guide/porter as per the rule by the government of Nepal as it is a restricted area trekking in Nepal.
The guide you are hiring will be highly experienced and professional. If you choose to hire porters, they will be helping you throughout the trek in many ways. The porters will speak just a little English but still they can communicate with the foreign tourists.
The guide and the porters will not leave you alone from the beginning to the end of the trek. The will continuously be helping you by carrying your luggage, serving you foods, arranging your accommodation and helping your accommodate in new culture and environment.
You just have to pay their wages and don’t have to worry about their insurance, food and accommodation during the trek. Normally, the cost of a guide ranges between USD 30-40 and the porter costs between USD 25-30 per day.
The expenses goes for different titles like Permits, getting Equipment and Clothing, guide and porter, transportation, food, drinks and tips.
TIMS Card- USD 10
Kanchenjunga Protected Area Permit- $30
Special Area Entry Permit Costs:
September to November (Autumn Season) is US$ 40 for the first week and then US$ 7 for each additional day spent in the restricted area.
December to August (Winter, Spring, and Summer Seasons) is US$ 30 for the first week, then US$ 7 for each additional day spent in the restricted area.
The only transportation you will use is the domestic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur which will last for 45 minutes. The flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur cost ranges from USD 112-120 but the return flight costs double this cost.
Normally, one accommodation costs between Rs.1000-1500. The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis.
One item of food cost ranges between Rs. 600-1000.
Donation and Tips
This is just an estimated cost for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek but it may vary from ordinary to special, moderate skilled trekking team and highly professional trekking team. So, it is not easy to fix the exact cost of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Cost.
You can arrive in Kathmandu via any international flight that people recommend for you. Optionally, you can take a drive if you are using road to enter Nepal. You can use Indian and Chinese border for this. Whatever way you use for arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will receive you and takes you to the hotel. The representative will let you know about the short orientation meeting regarding your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking. Since we do not have any scheduled activities to do for today, you just rest and relax at the hotel or take a short walk around the city if time favors you.
Today, largely, you will spend your time with astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu. You will go to explore them one by one after your breakfast. The private vehicle will come to receive you along with a professional and experienced city guide at the hotel where your stay and transfer you to the historical and religious sites which includes Swyombhunath Stupa( Monkey Temple), Patan Durbar Square, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. You end this trip at around between 3-4 pm and prepare well for your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.
Drive to Kathmandu airport from the hotel. Take a short and scenic flight to Bhadrapur. The flight lasts for 45 minutes. As you reach Bhadrapur, you will take drive to Ilam for 5-6 hours. On the way, you will drive through magnificent local villages, rivers, landscapes and terraced farmlands. Ilam is very popular for tea plantation. You can enjoy a stunning sunset from Ilam.
You will take another drive for 5-6 hours for Suketar. Some people these days also prefer to fly to Suketar directly from Kathmandu and begin their Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek. After you take this drive to Taplejung, you will walk for 2-3 hours to get Suketar. On the trail, you will enjoy magnificent landscapes, local settlements, terraced fields and deep forests.
We work for 6-7 hours today. We have breakfast at Suketar and head for Simbu. First, we head towards east from the airstrip following the rough road which will take you to the place called Deurali. You can stop here for a while for tea and some light snacks. The road, now, offers two options: one leading to Simbu and the other towards holy pilgrimage site, Pathivara Temple (3794m). We skip the trail to Pathivara temple and catch the trail going to Simbu. Before getting to Simbu, we pass the villages like Lali Kharka (2266m) and Tembewa, then we reach Simbu. Stay overnight at local lodge at Simbu.
Enjoy a beautiful breakfast at the local lodge at Simbu. Walk via picturesque landscapes and local villages enjoying the refreshing cool breeze till you get to the village Tellok located at an elevation of 1500m lower than Simbu. Stay overnight at local lodge at Tellok.
Ascend up to the village of Khebang from Tellok walking through the green hills and cardamom field and passing through the Limbu village lead us to Khebang village.
Today, you will pass through another Kanchenjunga Protected Area Office. Walk passing though local villages inhabited by Sherpas, Rais, Gurungs and Limbus. Arrive at Lamite Bhanjyang and the walk via mossy wooded area takes you to the village of Yamphudin. .
The next destination closer we trek to is Sherpagoan. Next, we have descent to Omje Khola. We cross the river and ascend up to Dhupi Bhanjyang (2620m). Now, we have another descent to Amji Khola’s suspension bridge at 2340m then will walk ascending to Amji Kharka.
We walk through Chautara, Sherpagaon, Chitre (2925m) and Lasiya Bhanjyang (3415m). You still have to trek for 2-3 hours for Tortong from Lasiya Bhanjyang. Our further walk takes us to the viewpoint from where one can witness Mt. Jannu (7711m, Kumbakarna) to the northeast. Finally, we cross the Simbuwa Khola and take another short ascent up to Tortong (2980m). Stay overnight at local lodge.
Today’s ascend is easier than usual because you will get the elevation gradually. You won’t have any steep climb today. Today’s trail goes through beautiful pine and rhododendron woods with picturesque pasturelands. You will encounter the yaks delightfully grazing in the pastures. Within an hour’s walk, you will arrive at yak Kharka, where you will take some rest and have some snacks if you like. Next, you will arrive at Anda Phedi after half an hour’s walk. You will also see colorful prayer flags, trident and Buddhist shrine on the trail beforehand you get to Tsheram/Cheran. Walking through a massive flat pasture, we, finally, get to the village of Cheram. Stay overnight at local lodge.
The trail, today, takes you through impressive pine, rhododendron, streams, and monasteries before taking you to Ramche/Ramchaur. You will trek through Yak Kharka ( Yak Pasture), Decherol Monastery and the local settlements like Kabrus, Rathong and Kokthang. Once you arrive at Ramche, you can find some shops with local lodges where you can get the things you want. If you climb a moraine wall, you can see Yalung Glacier and some other alluring mountain peaks. Stay Overnight at Ramche.
Today, you climb to Okhordung/ Oktang which is known as Kanchnejunga South Base Camp. It is actually Yalung Base Camp. Ascending to Yalung Base Camp offers you some magnificent glimpses of all 3 summits of Kanchanjunga at an altitude of ( 8420 m /27624.67 ft, 8586 m / 28169.29 ft, and 8474 m / 27801.84 ft) Yalung Base Camp) In fact, getting up to Okhordung (Oktang) will really be tough for us. After celebrating stunning views of the mountains, we walk down to Ramchur. Stay overnight at local lodge at Ramchur.
Today is a tough day for us because we are crossing a series of high passes on this route to swerve our direction to northern side. On the way, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Everest are visible.
Initially, we climb up to Chhuchung Pokhari, then to Missiay La pass, the Sinelapcha La (4730m), the Mirgin La (4480 m) and continue walking towards, Mirgin La (4645m). Here, M.t Janu, Mt. Makalu, Chamlang and Mt. Everest are breathtaking. Now, you will walk down steeply towards Selele Khola where you find Selele and stay overnight at local lodge.
Today, we walk only for 3-4 hours. Once we get to Ghunsa, we take rest and go around the village for exploration at Ghunsa.
Walk around beautiful settlement of Ghunsa village and explore it. Meet the people living there and try to learn their lifestyle influenced by Tibetan culture and tradition. Walk up to the ridge an can witness incredible Kumbhakarna Peak (7,711m), also known as Januu Peak. Otherwise, relax at the lodge and take a good time.
You will follow the trail towards north following the riverbank. You will accompany with incredible mountain scenery. Enjoy the walk through alpine meadows with different flowering plants. You will pass through the forested trail and arrive at the bridge of Rampuk Kharka. continue the walk and arrive at a waterfall. Next, you will encounter a trail passing through landslide area. After few minutes of walk, you will witness magnificent view of Mt. Jannu. Walk further celebrating the mountain views and finally you will arrive at the village of Kambachen
The trail gets rockier today as we ascend. Actually, we are closer to Pang Pema, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. Walk through rocky fields and large boulders initially and next you will begin trekking along the hillside and arrive at the waterfall. You will encounter a bridge, cross it and you’ll reach Ramtang (4,370m), where you can go to explore Ramtang Monastery. Within a few hours of walk, you will reach the village of Lhonak passing through the trail alongside Kanchenjunga Glacier. This little village offers us an astonishing mountain views, including Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mera Peak, Nepal Peak, Wedge Peak and many other mountain summits in Kanchenjunga mountain range.
Today, you are going to put your footsteps at the third highest mountain base camp of the world. Rise early and head towards the base camp. Once you reach Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, you will get astonished by witnessing spellbinding mountain panoramas including Mt. Kanchenjunga, Januu and Chang Himal and numerous other alluring peaks. You will admire and capture the surreal mountain vistas and trek back to Lhonak for overnight stay. You can celebrate the triumph of putting your footsteps at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.
We walk all the way down to Gyabala from Kambachen dropping to the elevation of 2780 from 4050m. The walk, however, will be magnificent all the way to Gyabala. Gyabala is a beautiful village with a Tibetan settlement where we stay overnight .
Walk past the village Amjilosha and then enjoy the walk though bamboo and other species of plants. Today, you will walk out of Kanchnejunga Conservation Area and stay overnight at local lodge at Sukehthum.
After lunch, we walk on a zigzag path for about 1 hour that leads to Thiwa Village after that we make a climb before crossing a suspension bridge at Thiwa. The upper path climbs higher before descends into Chirwa.
We are going to end our formal walk for this trek today as soon as we get to Taplejung. Enjoy this spectacular walk though local settlements, forests and landscapes. Arrive at Taplejung and celebrate the victory over Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.
Initially, you take a drive to Bhadrapur for 5-6 hours with private vehicle and fly to Kathmandu.
Now, take another short and scenic flight to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur. You will land at Kathmandu airport within 45 minutes. As soon as you arrive at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. Get refreshed and go for farewell dinner in the evening set by our team. You will be informed about it by our representative.
We drop you to the Kathmandu airport on time so that you can catch up your international flight homewards or can begin another trip to other destinations.
All set dates are guaranteed departures. If the following dates are not suitable for your travel plans then contact us for your custom trip dates. The private trips are available on any date of your selection at any time of the year.