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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Trip Duration: 24 Days

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

  • A great adventure to Nepal Far North Eastern Himalaya range
  • Journey at the end of Nepal Himalaya towards far Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Marvelous journey around remote and isolated mid hills farm villages
  • Enjoy the walk of a lifetime visiting both South and North base camps
  • Walk into beautiful alpine woodland to arctic zone of ice and glaciers
Trip Profile:
  • Trip Mode: Hotel with local Lodge and camping on treks
  • Trek Grade: Adventurous to Demanding walks.
  • Highest elevation gain: 5,065 m at Pangpema, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.
  • Daily walks: Minimum of 04 hrs to maximum 7- 8 hrs.
  • Trek duration:  20 Nights and 21 Days (with drives and flight both ways)
  • Total Trip: 23 Nights and 24 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Overview

Kanchenjunga circuit trek, probably one of the stunning adventures that lead to enjoying the visit of both south and north base camps in one single trekking package. Kanchenjunga trekking takes you in the heart of the world’s third-highest mountains that rise above 8,586 m / 28, 169 ft first climbed by British Expeditions in May 25th 1955 taking the southern base camp route.

This world’s 3rd highest peak also straddles the border between Nepal and Sikkim (a small state of North East India), where most of trekking and mountaineering adventure is from Nepalese sides of Kanchenjunga. Kanchenjunga circuit trek begins with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu with a panorama of mountain views with Everest-Makalu and Kanchenjunga range as plane head towards Nepal Far South Eastern Terai, the flat land of the country within sub-tropical temperatures.

The Eastern part of Terai belt, where the journey is leading to cooler mid-hill to enter, Ilam town famous for its vast field of Tea-Gardens and its products, where walk leads from Taplejung town at Sukhetar towards the far northeast direction to reach around Kanchenjunga massive mountains.

It is walking into lovely farm villages and the beautiful cool shade of alpine treelines then reaching first to visit near Kanchenjunga South base camp at Tseram and hike to Oktang towards Yarlung glaciers of Kanchenjunga South Face. From here the walk continues higher crossing Tsele-la pass with mind-blowing scenery of mountains and landscapes to reach other sides of Kanchenjunga towards its Northern base camp at Pangpema.

On our visit South Kanchenjunga heading towards our last leading destination, where the route leads back to dense forest and at beautiful areas and the village of Gunsa with time here to catch local culture of Buddhism religion mostly inhabited by Sherpa and Bhotia people of Tibetan origin.

From Gunsa heading due North East to reach much acclaimed at, North Kanchenjunga Base Camp is also known as Pangpema, where walk leads past Khambachen and Lhonak the last village to arrive at Kanchenjunga base camp.

Enjoy immense views of massive Kanchenjunga and surrounding peaks with Mt. Jannu and Kabru Himal where hike leads you right in the heart of Mt. Kanchenjunga North Base Camp and its viewpoint hills.

Our return journey on an alternative and main route to reach back at Sukhetar past many impressive farm villages with ups and more down following Tamur Kosi River all the way at main Taplejung town and at Sukhetar.

From Sukhetar end of our walks where a drive leads you through Ilam town and its tea-garden back at low Terai country for scenic and super flight to Kathmandu, after a memorable experience and memorable adventure on Around Kanchenjunga Trekking.

Best Seasons for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

March to May springtime will be the best time when wild-flowers especially the rhododendron (Nepal national flower) in full bloom, which the walk more attractive with beautiful, bright morning till afternoon, with some chances of rains sometimes.

September, October to mid-November another best month around Autumn/Fall and beginning of wintertime, when most of the days are explicit for the views and walks but can be much colder and freezing as altitude gains with chances of snow sometimes.

Monsoon months from mid-June to mid-September a wet rainy season were less number of trekkers venture, but much greener hills with lush vegetation in wet seasons, so the choice as per your holidays for Nepal and for Around Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Short Outline Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
  • Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur 300 m and drive to Ilam town 1,365 m – 04 hrs.
  • Day 04: Drive to Sukhetar 1,490 m start trek to Lalikharka 1,900 m-06 hrs.
  • Day 05: Trek from Kande Bhanjyang 2,100m -07 hrs.
  • Day 06: Trek to Phompe Danda 1,850m -06 hrs.
  • Day 07: Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m at Sherpa Gaon – 07 hrs.
  • Day 08: Trek to Dorongding 2,880 m via Lashe Tham, 3,800m Pass -07 hrs.
  • Day 09: Trek to Tseram 3,770m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 10: At Tseram, hike to Oktang near Kanchenjunga South Base Camp.
  • Day 11: Cross Tselele pass 4,250m camp at Tselele bottom 3,700m – 08 hrs.
  • Day 12: Trek to Ghunsa, 3,480 m – 07 hrs.
  • Day 13: Trek to Khambachen 4,000m -06hrs.
  • Day 14: Trek to Lhonak 4,780m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 15: Hike to Pang-Pema around Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 5,065m.
  • Day 16: Trek to Ghunsa, 3,480 m – 08 hrs.
  • Day 17: Trek to Gyapla Phedi 2,300m – 07 hrs.
  • Day 18: Trek to Sekathum / Japantar 1,350m – 07 hrs.
  • Day 19: Trek to Chirwa 1,250 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 20: Trek to Phurumbu School 1,500 m -07hrs.
  • Day 21: Trek to Suketar 2,440 m -04 hrs.
  • Day 22: Drive back to Ilam town or beyond – 05 hrs.
  • Day 23: Drive to Bhadrapur airport and fly to Kathmandu transfer to hotel.
  • Day 24: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.

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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • At Kathmandu airport received by Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks staff / guide
  • Transfer to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area
  • Meet at the hotel lobby for group regarding trek briefing
  • Evening includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with culture programs of the country.
Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
  • Free day in Kathmandu for leisure activities
  • Full day sightseeing tour around the city places of Interest within world heritage sites around Kathmandu.
  • Rest of the day preparation for Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trekking
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur 300 m and drive to Ilam town 1,365 m - 04 hrs.
  • Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for short scenic flight to Nepal Far South East to land at Bhadrapur airport
  • During air views of massive Himalaya mountain range with Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu
  • On arrival at Bhadrapur transfer in local four wheel drive where drive leads to Ilam hill town within vast garden of Tea plantation and past many farm villages
  • Overnight stop in Ilam town at local simple lodge with views of Kanchenjunga Mountains towards north direction
Day 04: Drive to Sukhetar 1,490 m start trek to Lalikharka 1,900 m-06 hrs.
  • Morning from Ilam drive for few hours to reach Sukhetar start and ending point of the trek at Sukhetar around Taplejung district
  • From Sukhetar walk starts heading further east direction to reach at small farm village at Lalikharka for overnight stop and camping.
Day 05: Trek from Kande Bhanjyang 2,100m -07 hrs.
  • A long walk to Kande Bhanjyang on downhill into farm villages
  • Dominated mostly by Hindu tribe mixture of Brahmins, Chettries as well with Kirat people includes Rai and Limbu
  • After Tembawa village descend to Phawa khola, then cross Phawa khola towards Pokora village,
  • Cross suspension bridge with climb to Kunjari village and into forest with climb to reach overnight stop at Kande Bhanjyang.
  • A small farm village with grand views of Kanchenjunga and Yalungkang peaks.
Day 06: Trek to Phompe Danda 1,850m-06 hrs.
  • Morning steep downhill to rice and millet fields, and in forest within Nandeva khola / stream
  • Our route reach high hill into forested areas to reach at Loppoding village.
  • After Loppoding walk down-hill reaching with slow climb for an hour to Pompe Dhada for overnight-stop, located on crest of scenic hill for view of Mt. Jannu.
Day 07: Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m at Sherpa Gaon - 07 hrs.
  • From Phompe Danda downhill past farm areas of terraced fields to Khesewa khola
  • Crossing bridge climb for an hour within terraced fields, towards Mamankhe village,
  • Afternoon after lunch slow climb around ridge to level path to Dekadin village
  • Downhill on stone paved steps to Kabeli khola, leaving River climb to a splendid ridge through villages and farm fields to Yamphudin, a Sherpa Gaon / village for overnight stop.
  • A last permanent settlement inhabited by Sherpa tribe till our adventures reach the other side at Gunsa.
Day 08: Trek to Dorongding 2,880 m - 07hrs (Cross Lashe Tham, 3,800m Pass)
  • After Yamphudin or Sherpa village wal along Kabeli khola, cross Omje khola and then climb a steep up to reach Dhupi Bhangyang at open grassland.
  • From top steady descent into deciduous forest with tough climb reach on top at Dorongding for overnight stop, located beyond Chitre with views of snow capped peaks.
Day 09: Trek to Tseram 3,770m - 05 hrs.
  • From here towards Ramite Bhanjyang at 3,430 m with steep climb for short hours within magnolia, rhododendron and bamboo forest to reach Ramite
  • Ramite single hut, climb into rhododendron forest and past a small pond to reach a stream as walk continues on gravel ground
  • Walk leads to a shrine within a big boulder shaped like a serpent.
  • Continue past forest area as route leads to a riverbed, and then uphill to a terrace for overnight stop at Tseram,
  • Tserm with roofless bivouac rock caves views of terminal moraine fed from Yalung glacier and behind looking at Kabru 7,353m and Talung peak 7,349m.
Day 10: At Tseram, hike to Oktang near Kanchenjunga South Base Camp.
  • Rest day at Tseram day hike to Oktang near to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, where first British Expedition climbed Mt. Kanchenjunga summit in 1955.
  • Hike with close view of Yalung Glacier and south wall of Kanchenjunga, it takes nearly three hours with views of Talung Peak and Kabru.
  • After a scenic and exciting hike back to Tserem for overnight stop.
Day 11: Cross Tselele pass 4,250m camp at Tselele bottom 3,700m - 08 hrs.
  • Morning descend to Yalung Bar then short steep up, cross river and then on gradual path through forest.
  • Climb for an hour or more to small ponds crossing three passes, Miring La, Tamo La and Selele pass.
  • The first part climbs for an hour to the top views of Kabru and Kanchenjunga.
  • From Miring La, trail descend and up at Selele La 4,250 m magnificent views of Makalu, Baruntse, and Chamlang downhill to the base of the pass for overnight stop.
Day 12: Trek to Ghunsa, 3,480 m - 07 hrs.
  • Walk downhill for an hour into forest of rhododendron and pines then on level ground near Ghunsa River.
  • From here on gradual path to Ghunsa village for overnight stop in a village inhabited by Bhotia tribe (Tibetan origin) with community stone houses a neat and tidy small farm.
Day 13: Trek to Khambachen 4,000m -06hrs.
  • Morning climb following river with views of waterfalls on walks within Yak herders camps around grazing fields.
  • Walk by Ghunsa River into rhododendron and pine forest, walk leads to gradual climb to Rambuk Kharka.
  • Trek continues with excellent views of Khumbukarna and Janu and other high snow capped peaks.
  • Leaving behind tree lines into barren country with climb, and then gentle descend to Khambachen for overnight stop.
  • A scenic valley dominated by Sharphu 7,070 m with north face of Mt. Jannu and Wedge peaks.
Day 14: Trek to Lhonak 4,780m - 06 hrs.
  • Walk follows river above river for an hour and then heading further east,
  • With down-hill to a river, climbs lead to a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier, on leaving Ramtang Kharka (a Sheppad place)
  • As trail join Kanchenjunga glacier to reach Lhonak within Kanchenjunga glacier overlooking grand views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peak.
Day 15: Hike to Pang-Pema Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 5,065 m.
  • Morning hike to Pang-Pema at North Kanchenjunga base camp.
  • Start climb facing views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli.
  • Walk between grassy slopes and to a glacier path up at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp
  • Chances of seeing blue sheep’s around this wilderness of mountains and glaciers.
  • After wonderful moment within massive Kanchenjunga peaks back to camp at Lhonak.
Day 16: Trek to Ghunsa, 3,480 m - 08hrs.
  • Journey leads back on the same path past Kambachen to camp at Ghunsa after a long day walks.
Day 17: Trek to Gyapla Phedi 2,300m - 07hrs.
  • Walk downhill within scenic country with views of mountains past scattered cattle herder summer camps to reach at Gypla Phedi for overnight stop.
Day 18: Trek to Sekathum / Japantar 1,350m - 07 hrs.
  • Morning walk to more low warm areas back into farm fields and terraces within nice rural villages to reach at Sekathum or Japantar for overnight stop
Day 19: Trek to Chirwa 1,250 m - 06 hrs.
  • Enjoy walk through friendly villages and into patch of cool forest areas to reach at Chirwa for overnight stop.
Day 20: Trek to Phurumbu School 1,500 m -07hrs.
  • Walk leads on interesting trail to camp at Phurumbu School premises.
  • Facing great views on reaching more farm areas within warmer country of paddy field and terrace to reach overnight stop at Phurumbu School yard with time to explore
Day 21: Trek to Suketar 2,440 m -04 hrs.
  • Last day of the walk to reach at Sukhetar around Tapeljung town and village for overnight last overnight stop around mid hills of Kanchenjunga.
Day 22: Drive to Ilam drive with overnight in local Lodge.
  • Adventure completes taking drive to reach Ilam with its vast fields of Tea Garden, the flavor of the local tea much appreciated throughout Nepal and abroad.
  • Few hours of scenic drive brings you at Ilam, with time to wander around and as well observe the local culture and custom of great interest.
Day 23: Drive to Bhadrapur -03 hrs drive and fly back to Kathmandu.
  • After breakfast drive leads to low warm south eastern Nepal within Terai belt at Bhadrapur airport.
  • From here a scenic flight back to city life of Kathmandu, where our adventure to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trekking completes.
Day 24: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
  • Depart from the hotel as per your flight time
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks guides and staff transfer you for International departure homeward bound or to respective countries.
Cost Includes
  • All airport/Hotel transfers
  • Three star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights as per the BB plan
  • Guided City tour in Kathmandu covering UNESCO heritage sites and monument entrance fee.
  • Trekking permits and necessary paper work for the Kanchanjunga Conservation
  • Round Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu Bhadrapur Kathmandu.
  • Drive to shuketar Taplajung via Ilam by the private Jeep
  • All meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice)
  • Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking on local tea houses.
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered professional trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and Lodging
  • Trekking equipment: down filled sleeping bag and duffel bag (if you need you have to inform during our meeting at the office)
  • Seasonal fresh fruits deserts every day
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks Gifts (T shirt & trekking certificates)
  • Farewell dinner at local Nepali restaurant
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit
  • All government and local taxes
Cost Excludes
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned above Price Includes section.
10% OFF All Inclusive Price:

US$ 3100

Per Person
Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration: 24 Days

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Group Size: 2-12 People

  • Difficulty: Tough

  • Altitude: Pangpema 5,065 m

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