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kanchenjunga circuit trek


The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek will take us to the north of Kanchenjunga base camp. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain of the world. The peak stands at an elevation of 8586 meters. The first ascent to Kanchenjunga was made in 1955, May 25 by Joe Brown and George Band.

The Kanchenjunga range comprises of Kanchenjunga Main, Kanchenjunga West, Kanchenjunga Central, Kanchenjunga South and Kangbachen. In Sikkim, Kanchenjunga is treated as a sacred peak.

The trek begins at Suketar and ends at Thorpu. The Kanchenjunga trek is generally considered appropriate for wilderness and adventure. We will also get a chance to closely see the remote areas of Nepal and rural lifestyle of Nepal during the trek. The rich culture of villages that we will pass by during the trek will also amaze us. As the trek takes us to a greater height, there is much possibility of altitude sickness. Therefore, good health conditions and prior trekking experience is recommended if you are planning to trek in the Kanchenjunga region

Detail Itinerary

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

  2. Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for trekking.

  3. Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m/266 ft).

  4. Day 04: Fly from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,420 m/7,938 ft) or Drive from Phidim (1,179 m/3,868 ft) to Suketar.

  5. Day 05: Suketar to Mitlung (921 m/3,021 ft), 4 - 5 hrs.

  6. Day 06: Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m/4,166 ft), 5 - 6 hrs.

  7. Day 07: Chirwa to Sukathum (1,576 m/5,169 ft), 5 - 6 hrs.

  8. Day 08: Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308 m /7,570 ft), 6 - 7 hrs.

  9. Day 09: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m /8,954 ft), 6 - 7 hrs.

  10. Day 10: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft), 5 - 6 hrs.

  11. Day 11: Acclimatisation day at Ghunsa.

  12. Day 12: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft), 5 - 6 hrs.

  13. Day 13: Acclimatisation Day at Kambachen.

  14. Day 14: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780 m/15,678 ft), 6 - 7 hrs.

  15. Day 15: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m/17,673 ft), 6 - 7 hrs.

  16. Day 16: Trek back to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft), 6 - 7 hrs.

  17. Day 17: Kambachen to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft), 3 - 4 hrs.

  18. Day 18: Ghunsa to Sele Le (4,290 m/14,071 ft), 6 - 7 hrs.

  19. Day 19: Sele Le to Cheram (3,870 m/12,694 ft), 6 - 7 hrs.

  20. Day 20: Cheram to Ramche (4,580 m/15,022 ft) and return back to Cheram, 4 - 5 hrs.

  21. Day 21: Cheram to Tortong (2,995 m/9,824 ft), 5 - 6 hrs.

  22. Day 22: Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080 m/6,822 ft), 6 - 7 hrs.

  23. Day 23: Yamphudin to Yangpang (1,007 m/3,304 ft), 6 - 7 hrs.

  24. Day 24: Yangpang to Thorpu (1,500 m/4,290 ft), 5 - 6 hrs.

  25. Day 25: Thorpu to Birtamod (300 m/ 984 ft), 5 - 6 hrs.

  26. Day 26: Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur then Fly to Kathmandu.

  27. Day 27: Farewell.

What's included !

  • Airport Pick up and drop.
  • 3 or 4 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • All surface transfer as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu city tour by English Speaking Guide on Private Vehicle.
  • All the standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trekking.
  • Safe and ozonated water throughout the trek.
  • Tea House Accommodation during trekking.
  • Registered and trained Guide.
  • Required number of insured Porter (2 trekkers: 1porter)
  • Langtang National Park permits.
  • All Surface transfer for your guide, porter and necessary cargo.
  • Staff insurances.
  • Government taxes and official charges. Visa charge not included here.
  • Attractive First Aid Kits.
  • Farewell Cultural Dinner in Kathmandu.

What's not included !

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Beverages and other hard drinks cost
  • Nepal Entry visa fee and airport taxes.
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc
  • Rescue and emergency cost/ Insurance cost but we will help to carry of the procedure.
  • Personal trekking equipments


The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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