Duration: 24 Days
The word Kanchenjunga is derived from the ancient Tibetan language meaning “the five treasure of snow” and is the third highest mountain in the world at the elevation of 8585 meters. It’s geographically located on the eastern border of Nepal and Sikkim. Kanchenjunga Circuit trek takes you to the isolated remote area not crowded as like the Everest and Annapurna trekking region. This trail was strictly restricted until 1988 for trekkers and requires a special permit to enter from the government of Nepal. Mount Kanchenjunga was first ascended by Joe Brown and George band on May 25, 1995.
Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is long and challenging trek though labeled as the finest trekking all through the north and south base camp. It begins from Taplejung. The communities living here are Brahmin and Chhetri, Rai and Limbu to the lower region and Sherpa communities in the higher region. As continuing our trekking and following the glacial river to the alpine region; we reach the lower area of Mount Kanchenjunga. The trail we will be passing is through Sele Le Pass (4501 m) and Mirgin La Pass (4485 m).
The jaw-dropping Himalayan views we get is Kumbhakarna or Jannu peak (7710 m), Chang Himal (6802 m) and of course the Kanchenjunga (8585 m). We then head to the two base camps - north and south and trek to the utmost place that is Lhonak (4791 m) and Pangpema (5145 m). And then retrace back where we came from.
On the trail to this region, you will be trekking through the various flora and fauna conserved by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area covering an area of 2,035 square km where you might get to spot wild animals like black bear, snow leopard, Tibetan wolf etc. On every trial, you will be visiting several ancient monasteries including exploring the rich culture of the communities and crossing different forest like rhododendron, bamboo, pine, oaks, etc while reaching your destination.
We the Accent Himalaya have developed this 24 days itinerary to this Kanchenjunga Circuit including with your arrival day, trek completion and the departure day. With the help of our experienced guide, porters and camping guide, we have systematically arranged for acclimatization day to avoid altitude sickness - so that you can trek to this wonderful and peaceful land without stress.
The actual trekking to this Kanchenjunga Circuit is flawless during spring and autumn. If you want further changes in the itinerary and departure date, we will be very glad to arrange that for you. To inquire more or have any other question regarding this Kanchenjunga Circuit trek, please do contact or email us.
Here we list you our detailed itinerary for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek:
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m/7938ft), trek to Lalikharka (2265m/7,431ft)
Day 04: Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m/6,955ft)
Day 05: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft)
Day 06: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft)
Day 07: Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft)
Day 08: Tortong to Cheram (3,870m/12,696ft)
Day 09: Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest
Day 10: Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m/15,026ft)
Day 11: Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram
Day 12: Cheram to Sele La (4290m/ 14,074ft)
Day 13: Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595/11,794)
Day 14: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m/13,287ft)
Day 15: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft)
Day 16: Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (5,143/16,873ft)
Day 17: Pangpema to Lhonak
Day 18: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m/11,400ft)
Day 19: Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft)
Day 20: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m/4,166ft)
Day 21: Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549/5,082ft)
Day 22: Phurumbu to Suketar
Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 24: Final departure
Includes and Excludes
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- A 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the Kanchenjunga circuit trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Suketar - Kathmandu)
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- Duffel bag
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost
- Nepalese visa fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain other than the scheduled itinerary)
- International flights
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Accommodation for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 star) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.
But once you set out for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.
Meals and Drinks on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
Best Season to Travel
The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August.
Luggage/Backpack on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.
Guide/Porter on Trek
Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.
Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member
Accent Himalaya organizes Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 12 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.
Personal Expenses on Trek
A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs around $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Gears Available in Kathmandu
All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.
A Typical Day on Trek
On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it
Our normal Itinerary includes 19 days package for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall any time.
Health, Safety and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Kanchenjunga Circuit trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.