Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

 
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 24 Days

Country: Nepal

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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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)

As you land and check out from the Tribhuwan International Airport, our representative from Accent Himalaya will welcome you, pick up and drop you at your ideal hotel. You don't need to worry about who is going to receive you! In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Accent Himalaya with delicious Nepalese cuisine.


Included meals: Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

After having our breakfast, we will have to be ready to sightsee the Kathmandu valley. We will visit some UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu such as:

Pashupati Chhetra:-  A Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva
Swayambhunath:- religious site for both Hindus and Buddhist
Boudhanath:- worlds’ largest Stupa  
Kathmandu Durbar square:- historical cultural arts and architecture site


Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m/7938ft), trek to Lalikharka (2265m/7,431ft)

Early in the morning, we take our breakfast and take a flight to Suketaar, the eastern region of Nepal, with an amazing route of flight through the green forest, mountain peaks and landscapes. We start our trekking adventure from Suketaar towards Lalikharka through the simultaneous ascending and descending passing through the Lush forest all on the way to Lalikharka.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m/6,955ft)

Today we continue our trekking adventure after having breakfast. The trails mostly are easy descending until Phudrawa, and again start to climb steep till Yangpang, and steadily up to reach to Phumphe ridge. Another ascent from Phumphe takes us to Khesewa.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft)

We take our breakfast and continue to trek heading our day destination to Mamankhe. We trek towards Kaberi Khola and trails make us walk through the forest and small stream. We cross several beautiful villages with the magnificent vision of Himalayan range.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft)

Today we mostly trek uphill but on the easy trails. We mostly walk through the alongside the Kabeli Khola. On the way, we also admire the amazing ridge behind the stream and wonderful waterfall nearby on the way. We cross the suspension bridge and small settlements on our trails and finally come to Yamaphudin.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Day 07: Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft)

We start to walk on the trails commonly used by the villagers and pass through farms and green meadows. We walk on the trails along the Aamji Khola. And with the cross of Lassiya Bhanjyang, we reach Tortong where we spend overnight. On the whole trail, we will be continuously followed by the gorgeous Himalayan views.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Tortong to Cheram (3,870m/12,696ft)

We take our breakfast and begin to climb steadily to Cheram. We follow the trails right of the Simbuwa Khola. We walk and enjoy the beautiful Lalung valley with Tuplung peak. We cross from the thin rhododendron forests and enjoy the magnificent views of Yalung glacier.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest

Today we stay here at Cheram for rest and acclimatization to the high altitude. We take a small hike and explore the area around the Yalung Glacier. We have an amazing view of peaks such as Kabaru and Rathong.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m/15,026ft)

With the refreshment of last day, we begin to trek from Cheram to Ram Chaur (meadow or ground). We will ascend before to Snout of the Yalung glacier with beautiful walking on the valley trails. We pass the small settlements of Lapsang and arrive at Ramchaur. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Day 11: Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram

Today we walk further up the valley then follow the stream before climbing the moraine top till coming front of Kanchenjunga’s south part. We again trek ahead for a glimpse of Jannu Himal and further trek towards the Okthang Monastery. With further climb, we reach to Yalung Base Camp. From Yalung peak, we will be rewarded with glorious views of Jannu ( Kumbakarna), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks. And some moment spending there, we descend down to Cheram.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Cheram to Sele La (4290m/ 14,074ft)

Early in the morning, we have our breakfast and continue to trek passing from Sinelapche Bhanjyang. We cross the Pass and continue to Mirgin La Pass. We continue to trek and soon - we reach Sinion La and ascend up for Sele La pass. We cross the Pass and stay at Sele La for the night.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


 

Day 13: Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595/11,794)

We continue to trek after having our breakfast and walk towards the north nearby the Tangbagharma ridge. We reach by the prayers flag marked Chortens, and symbol the steep trails. And we cross through the Rhododendron, pine and birch forest before reaching Ghunsa, a beautiful village with Buddhists prayers flag and dark weathered pine wall.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 14: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m/13,287ft)

With the magnificent vision of the Scenery Mountains, we trek north along the riverbank, pass through the meadows with beautiful wildflowers and cross the rhododendron and pine forests. We also cross over the bridge on Rampur Kharka, pass the waterfall and cross the tricky landscape section. We the passing the landscape we begin to see the spectacular views Mt. Jannu. And tackling the tricking mountain, we finally arrive at Kambachen.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Day 15: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft)

We have to start early in the morning to cross this challenging day. We will have to trek through the rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank, and we will arrive at the waterfall. Again we cross the bridge over the stream and head to Ramtang Monastery. We finally arrive at Lhonak after crossing the landslide section and pass the steady trails before descending to the river.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Day 16: Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (5,143/16,873ft)

Today we will trek to our final destination i.e. Kanchenjunga Base Camp. We have to follow the trails that alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. We pass through the Pangpema and ascend to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. It is the amazing and perfect place for extraordinary views of Kanchenjunga, Jannu, and other mountains. From base camp, we again descend down for night stay.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Pangpema to Lhonak

We descend more down to Lhonak today.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m/11,400ft)

Our trails again follow back to Ghunsa and we spend our night at Ghunsa.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19: Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft)

From Ghunsa, today we are going to trek for Amjilosa passing through the several Manes and Monasteries nearby. We will walk through the forests of Juniper and reach Phale. With steadily descending down to Gyabla crossing the bridge over Chhundatangka and continue to trek visiting the waterfall nearby, we again cross the suspension bridge over the Sumbung Khola and finally reach Amjilosa.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 20: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m/4,166ft)

We will see the wonderful waterfall early in the morning which gives us the amazing morning freshness. We pass the small settlements of Solima before crossing the Ghunsa Khola over the suspension bridge.  With another suspension bridge on same Ghunsa Lhola, we arrive at Sukathum. We will reach Chirwa after crossing the several villages and Thunsa Khola first followed by Tamor River.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Day 21: Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549/5,082ft)

As we are descending down, we find the settlements thicker and thicker. We walk through the lush vegetation and several villages before reaching Sinwa. Again following the way - we have to cross the bridge over the Sinse Khola and we are on the route of Pathibhara trek. With crossing the village and suspension bridge over the Yaphre Khola, we arrive at Phurumbo.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Day 22: Phurumbu to Suketar

The trekking route of the Kanchenjunga circuit trek is finally going to end today. We take rest as much as we need after reaching Suketar.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu

Early in the morning, we have to take a flight to Kathmandu. After landing in the Kathmandu - we will take rest, start packing and visit or do souvenir shopping. We may also visit Kathmandu valley. We will attend the farewell dinner in the evening and celebrate the success of entire trek journey.


Included meals: Breakfast  & Dinner

Day 24: Final departure

It is time for separation. We have the amazing experience of the trekking. As Accent Himalaya provides the airport pick up and drop service,  our representative will drop you to the Tribhuwan International Airport and help as you need until checking in. 


Included meals: Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

What's Included

  • 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)

Trip Note

 

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.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

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.

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