Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking is one of the less visited yet best trekking routes of Nepal as the pristine beauty of people, culture and the Himalayas are well preserved throughout centuries and every day the popularity is growing because of the possibility of teahouse trekking instead of all camping adventure. The local teahouses are very basic and do not meet the standard of the teahouses of popular trekking routes like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit, however the trails and scenery is incomparable.
Trekking to Kanchenjunga Circuit starting from a mere elevation, possibly the lowest elevation of Nepal and walk towards the foothills of the world third highest – Kanchenjunga (8856m) passing through tranquil glacier lakes, massive glaciers, mixed villages of different ethnic groups of Limbu, Rais and Sherpas enjoying stunning range of snow capped mountains. Renowned as the home of red pandas and snow leopard, trekking around Kanchenjunga region is quaint and peaceful and truly an off beaten adventure.
Both Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp is the major attraction of this trek and it takes a great mental and physical stamina to acquire this adventurous feat as the trail can be tricky and challenging at times. We begin our journey with a flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to our original trekking starting point at Taplejung. Taking advantage of newly constructed roadway, we will further drive to Sukathum/Japantar and start our walk from there towards Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. The next part is the cross Sele La Pass (4290m) and visit Yalung Base Camp, also known as Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. After visiting both camps, we descend back to Taplejung and drive back to Bhadrapur and then catch a flight back to Kathmandu ending our journey.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu : Picked Up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel Drive: 30 minutes | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2Free Day in Kathmandu Optional: Join our free walking tours – starts at 10am – Walk to Monkey Temple (Rs 200 Entrance Fee) – Visit National Museum (Rs 500) – Kathmandu Durbar Square (Rs 1000) – finish at 4pm
Walk: 2 – 3 hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to TaplejungFlight: 45 min | Drive: 9 – 10 hrs | Accommodation: Lodge | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Drive from Taplejung to Sukathum/Japantar Drive: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Sukathum/Japantar to Gyabla (2730m / 8956 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m / 11794 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Acclimatization day at GhunsaWalk: 2 – 3 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050m / 13287 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m / 15682 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143m/ 16873 ft) and back to Lhonak (4780m / 15682 ft)Walk: 7 – 8 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa (3595m / 11794 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Trek from Ghunsa to Sele le Kharka (4290m / 14074 ft)Walk: 3 – 4 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Trek from Sele Le Kharka to Tsheram (3870m / 12696 ft)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Trek from Tsheram to Ramche (4580m / 15026 ft)Walk: 3 – 4 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 15Day Trip to Oktang /Yalung Glacier (4730m / 15518 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 16Trek from Ramche to Tortong (2995m / 9826 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 17Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin (2080m / 6824 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 18Trek from Yamphudin to Phumphe Danda (1858m / 6095 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 19Trek from Phumphe Danda to Kande Bhanjyang (2129m / 6984 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 20Trek from Kande Bhanjyang to Taplejung (2420m / 7939 ft)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 21Drive from Taplejung to BhadrapurDrive: 8 – 9 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 22Flight from Bhadrapur to KathmanduFlight: 45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Dinner
Day 23Free Day in Kathmandu (Contingency Day)Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 24Final Departure | Other Travel Plan
FREE WALKING TOUR: This is an optional walking adventure on the outskirts of Thamel area, which will surprisingly take you to popular Buddhist shrine – Monkey Temple (original name Swayambunath Stupa) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (House of Virgin Living Goddess) after a quick peek at the National Museum. It is around 6km walk, takes 1.5 hrs walk starting and ending from/to Thamel. It is a guided tour; however the entrance fees to these heritage sites must be pay by travelers themselves. [Monkey Temple – Rs 200, Kathmandu Durbar Square – Rs 1000, National Museum – Rs 150]. We start at 10am in the morning (after breakfast) and finish before 4pm (time can vary).
SAFETY CONCERN: Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that the trip is safely in course. We truly understand the need of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
STANDARD TRIP: Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the necessary number of days to complete the trek for average fit travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time, experience and budget plan of travelers. On the given adventure plan, we have included the most important items necessary for the trip and the cost for it and quoted to provide a general idea of the cost of the trip with minimum number of days required to complete the trip.
CUSTOMIZE TRIP: We can organize a trip to every style and provide our service as required by the travelers. There are few items like leader, permits etc, which are mandatory to provide from the agency whereas there are also several alternatives to design the trip as suited. Any customization of the standard itinerary will change the trip price accordingly. We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling.
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU
We need to have 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (before and after the trip) for preparation, rest, and contingency. We provide twin sharing room at Hotel Nepalaya on BB Plan for your trip. If you choose to book your own accommodation in Kathmandu, 50 USD per person is discounted from trip price.
If you prefer to select your own accommodation, then you are free to do so and find a place suitable to your interest. Alternatively, you can suggest a name, and we shall book that place for you.
GROUP SIZE: All of our adventure trips are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey. We found that the group size of 8 is the optimal size to run these trips, however we can organize a trip plan for any group size upon the request.
Group of More than 8: We also have a good experience of handling big groups of volunteers, employees, students, and able to organize a trip plan upon request. Please kindly submit your group size information, and we will garnish a proper trip plan and price for you.
It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas, and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.