Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek will present to you the untouched natural heritage of Nepal. From the world's third-highest mountain to the stunning glacier and rich culture, you will find everything during the trek. The gorgeous landscape view will keep you company and motivate you to move further. Likewise, the panoramic views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,201m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Tent Peak (7,365 m), Jongsong (7,483 m), Kabru (7,353 m), etc. will increase the beauty of the trek.
Kanchenjunga Circuit landmark
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek will take you through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, the habitat of various flora & fauna. Likewise, South Base Camp and North Base Camps are two of the major landmarks of this trek. You can choose one of them or if you want you can trek to both base camp. The Pangpema View Point (5,388 m) in North Base Camp is more adventurous and rich in vegetation & wildlife than the South Base camp.
Culture & Ethnic Diversity
Trekking in the Kanchenjunga region will allow you to experience diverse cultures and traditions. You will get to see many ethnic groups during your stay in the teahouse/guesthouse. You will get to taste their food and know their language. Brahmins and Chhetris reside in the lower parts, whereas you will meet Limbu and Sherpa at the upperparts.
People here are kind and friendly and can speak understandable English as well. As you move further, you will notice the Tibetan lifestyle and food. On the way, you will come across several stupas and Bihar as well.
The trail will present you variety of landscape and vegetation. Beginning from the low land of Terai, you will pass through coniferous forests, grasslands, and meadows. You will trek in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which is a global eco-region according to World Wildlife Fund. This area is home to numerous wildlife like musk deer, red panda, snow leopard, black bear, red pheasant, etc.
As the trail moves up, you will trek through beautiful rhododendron, fir, bamboo, pine, juniper, and hemlock forests. Moreover, this region has 69 species of orchids. The enchanting sounds of birds and wildlife will add zest of wilderness in this adventurous trek.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek difficulty
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a difficult trek. The unique terrain and remoteness of the region makes the trekking difficult. As the altitude increases, the difficulty level will also increase. The trail is demanding. You have to walk for around 6 to 7 hours on a daily basis. However, with proper guidance and expertise, you will be able to complete this trek successfully.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
Altitude sickness becomes a major issue while going on a high altitude journey. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is also a high altitude trek that will take you above 5,000 meters, which involves chances of altitude sickness. Therefore, it is very important to acclimatize properly between the trek. Also, drinking plenty of water can keep you away from AMS.
Transportation and Bag Pack
The trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and then to Taplejung. From here, you will pass through several beautiful villages and cross different passes.
Here is the list of things that you should carry during Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek:
- Pair of hiking pants and casual pants
- Thermal Wears
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking shoes/socks
- Rain jacket
- Sun hat
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
Food and Accommodation during Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
During Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking, you will stay in a guesthouse or teahouse. The rooms will be small and cozy. You can find a single bedroom, double bedroom, and a triple bedroom. The facilities will be basic but enough to spend a night.
For food, you can easily find Dal Bhat Tarkari and Thukpa in most of the villages. Some places do offer dishes like momo, macaroni, and pasta. Green vegetables, milk, meat, eggs, tea, etc can be found as well but will cost higher than the usual price.
Best Season to go on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (October to November) is the best time to go on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. The stable weather and clear sky make the journey less difficult and joyful. The temperature is also not too cold or hot.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek cost
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek cost depends on the services you are using during the trek. You can check our cost includes and excludes to know more in detail about the cost. We assure you that with us, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition, you will get the comprehensive cost. Contact us for further information.
- Carry extra cash as there will be no ATMs on the trail or villages
- Make sure to take out insurance
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Get a good map
- Carefully follow the lead of your guide
- Walk slowly & safely