Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Duration: 24 Days

Kanchenjunga is the world’s third-highest mountain at 8,586m, it forms Nepal’s eastern border with the Indian state of Sikkim. A trek around Kanchenjunga means scaling the base camp of the world’s third-highest mountain through rough remote mountainous terrain, perfect for trekkers who prefer solitude and are looking to go on an adventure.

Kanchenjunga in Tibetan means ‘five great treasures of snow’ which justifies the fantastic views of five peaks which are symbolized as gold, silver, precious stones, grain, and holy scriptures. This remote and holy land in Nepal’s far-eastern region was opened to trekkers in 1988 only, it was a restricted area before. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek takes you along one of the most challenging and least visited mountainous terrains of Nepal. The region’s culture, people and landscape offer hospitality so genuine, it almost feels spiritual!

The conservation area that hosts Kanchenjunga in Nepal stretches into protected areas in Tibet and Sikkim. Kanchenjunga circuit trek is Snow Leopard territory, but it is not the only predator lurking in the untouched unbounded forests, the Himalayan Black Bear and Assamese Macaque among others dominate the area as well.

Trekking to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp through the remote, rugged and wild terrain of the east of Nepal not only makes for a perfect challenge, but it also makes for jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenes. Cascading waterfalls, a variety of flora and fauna, lush vegetation, scattered human habitation, views of the towering Kanchenjunga, and the cultural diversity make for an incredible trip, one that has been rarely attempted. Considered one of the most beautiful massifs in the world Mt. Kanchenjunga is a rare delight. Our trek to this less-visited mountain starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Suketar. The flight itself is scenic with incredible views of the Himalayan ranges.

As our trek slowly paces ahead, you can witness how the gradual change in landscape from flatlands to hills and mountains also brings change in vegetation. We pass through many coniferous forests, meadows, alpine shrubs and grasslands on our way. The terrain is completely rocky and the views are of snow-capped mountains starting from Ghunsa. Frozen streams, waterfalls and glaciers are a common sight. Small landslides and avalanches are quite frequent as well. Jannu at 7710m is a dramatic and beautiful mountain which you can witness along with Jannu Glacier’s terminal moraine on the way from Ghunsa to Kambachen.

We wake up to probably one of the best sunrises ever at Kambachen. Views of mountains like Jannu (7710m) Pholesobi Thongje (6552m) and Tanga (Sarphu) mountains make the sunrise ethereal. The route from kambachen to Lhonak and Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Pang Pema gets rockier and more remote with each step. The best views of Kanchenjunga are from Pang Pema. During late spring/ early summer which is from March to May, one can witness incredibly low clouds at over 5000 m. If you ever wanted to feel like walking in clouds, this is it! Morning views are mostly clear though.

Chances are high that you will get to see carcasses of Himalayan sheep along the way, as they tend to be Snow leopard’s most frequent prey. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is truly once in a lifetime sort of experience! If Kanchenjunga doesn’t suit your thrill of challenging trekking. Adventure Club Trek also offers Upper Mustang Trek-17 Days. The trek is shorter and has a Tibetan cultural influence on it. Manaslu region is another restricted area trekking option. Adventure Club Trek offers Tsum Valley-19 Days, Manaslu Circuit-18 Days, and Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit-20 Days Trek in the region. For the thrill of a summit expedition, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek-24 Days are ideal! Contact Adventure Club trek for any further details.

Trip Highlights:

  • Sightseeing in the World Heritage Sites: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Scenic flight: Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Taplejung-Biratnagar-Kathmandu
  • Explore Kanchenjunga Base Camp
  • Explore Yalung Ri Base Camp
  • Magnificent views of the Himalayan giants: Mt. Everest, Mt Makalu and Mt Kanchenjunga
  • Crossing Mirgin La Pass at 4,480 meters
  • Diverse flora and fauna and rich local culture

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation
  • Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m) -45 minutes flight, trek to Lalikharka:2-3 hours
  • Day 04: Trek Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Khesewa to Mamankhe (1,785m): 5-6 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2,080m) : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 07: Trek Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m) :7-8 hours
  • Day 08: Trek Tortong to Cheram (3,870m) : 2-3 hours
  • Day 09: Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest
  • Day 10: Trek Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m) :3-4 hours
  • Day 11: Trek Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m) back to Cheram : 3-4 hours
  • Day 12: Trek Cheram to Sele La (4290m) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 13: Trek Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595m) : 2-3 hours
  • Day 14: Trek Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m): 5 -6 hours
  • Day 15: Trek Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 16: Kanchenjunga base camp (5,388m)- Pang Pema for overnight stay : 6-7 hours
  • Day 17: Trek Pang Pema to Lhonak: 3-4 hours
  • Day 18: Trek Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m) :6 -7 hours
  • Day 19: Trek Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m) : 5 -6 hours
  • Day 20: Trek Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m): 6-7 hours
  • Day 21: Trek Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549m)
  • Day 22: Trek Phurumbu to Suketar (2,420m)
  • Day 23: Fly Suketar to Kathmandu
  • Day 24: Farewell, Flight Home
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation

    Today, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight on Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and building were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated. Overnight in Kathmandu.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m) -45 minutes flight, trek to Lalikharka:2-3 hours

    We take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Suketar in the eastern part of Nepal. Then, we trek to Lalikharka. The trail to Lalikharka passes through lush green forests and is full of continuous ascents and descents. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 04: Trek Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m) : 5-6 hours

    We leave Lalikharka to follow a trail which is mostly a downhill walk. The descend takes us to the village of Pakora which lies alongside Phawa Khola. After reaching Phundrawa, our path turns uphill till Yang Pang followed by a steadier climb to Phumphe Danda. A steep climb to Kunjuri nad over the crest of the ridge and we arrive at Khesewa to spend the night. Today, we are rewarded with the first sight of Kanchenjunga(8,586m) and also the surrounding peak of Yalung Kang (8505m)
    Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 05: Trek Khesewa to Mamankhe (1,785m): 5-6 hours

    We take on a trail along a steep hillside and pass through terraced fields above the Kabbeli Khola. The trail continues with many ascends and descends through side valleys. We pass the village of Anpan, descend towards Kashawa Khola, cross it and ascend through terraced fields to finally arrive at our destination, the village of Mamankhe. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 06: Trek Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2,080m) : 6-7 hrs

    As we head out of Mamankhe the trail leads to a gradual climb along the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. Then, the path turns undulating through ridges and stream beds. Few hours before we arrive at Yamphudin, the river levels with our trail. Along the way, we can stop for a dip in one of the clear pools of the river. We have lunch by the riverside in Yamphudin. It is the last and the most remote settlement in the region. The next settlement is after we cross Deurali Danda. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 07: Trek Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m) :7-8 hours

    We leave the Yamphudin village behind and start walking on the trail used by the villagers through terraced fields and meadows. After walking a good distance from the village, the trail gets steep, a good preparation for challenging paths yet to face in the coming days. Through the lush green forest the path then leads to a sharp descend towards the Omje Khola. Cross the river to reach Chitre. The path continues through dense forest and it only gets steeper with each stride forward. Along the way, we are constantly accompanied by the beautiful views of the Himalayas which make the trek pleasant. We follow the path along the Amji Khola and eventually cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang to arrive at Tortong. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 08: Trek Tortong to Cheram (3,870m) : 2-3 hours

    Today, we follow a trail alongside Simbuwa Khola which leads us to Lalung Valley. As we head further into the valley, the climb gradually gets steeper. We pass through a beautiful rhododendron forest and as the day progresses we get a much clear view of Tuplung, Kabru(7,412m) and Rathong Peak(6,678m). Also, enjoy the view of the magnificent Yalung Glacier. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 09: Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest

    Today, we acclimatize to the high altitude. To avoid acute mountain sickness, we have some planned hikes to better adjust to the changing altitude. It is suggested to move around instead of just resting for the day so that your body can adjust quicker to the changing environment.Today, we are going to hike up to Yalung Glacier and have a closer look. Later in the day we will climb up a vantage point from where you can enjoy the magnificent views of the Kanaru and Rathong Peak.Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10: Trek Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m) :3-4 hours

    Today’s trek is comparatively shorter than usual and an easy walk as well. We ascend until we reach the face of Yalung Glacier. It is an easy walk along the valley trail and throughout the trek we are rewarded with fantastic views of Koktang, Kabru and Rathong. We pass Lapsang, a small settlement before we arrive at Ramche. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11: Trek Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m) back to Cheram : 3-4 hours

    We explore the Yalung Base Camp today. We trek the trail of the valley which lead to a small stream. Next, we follow the stream then ascend on a moraine path till you see the south face of Kanchenjunga. A bit further you lay eyes on Jannu Himal(7,710m). Continue towards Oktang Monastery and ascend more to arrive at the Yalung Base Camp. Enjoy the breathtaking views of KumbaKarna(Jannu) and Nyukla Lachung among others. We then retrace our footsteps back to Cheram. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12: Trek Cheram to Sele La (4290m) : 6-7 hours

    Today, our destination is Sele La and to reach there we have to cross four passes including the Sele La. After we leave Cheram, we come across Sinelapche Bhanjyang, the first pass we need to cross. We don’t leave the trail as it leads to a steep climb and after many false summits we arrive at Mirgin La Pass. Along with the spectacular view of Jannu, other giants like Everest(8,848m), Makalu(8,481m), Lhotse(8,516m), Chamalang and Gyakung Kang(7,952m) are also visible from here. Also, enjoy the panorama of Terai to the south. After a short trek, we reach Sinion La Pass and upon crossing it we ascend towards Sele La Pass. Before reaching the Sele La Pass the climb gets steeper, but we must cross the pass to reach Sele La. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13: Trek Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595m) : 2-3 hours

    Follow the trail towards the north to come across a chorten with prayers flags which marks the start of a steep descent. After reaching Lamba Sumba Kharka the downhill walk gets easier. Enjoy the Southwest face of Jannu from here. Descend through lush pine, birch and rhododendron forest to reach the Tibetan village of Ghunsa. It is the first village after many days in the wilderness. One of the specialties her is Tongba (locally brewed alcohol). It is a drink made by adding hot water in a bamboo cup filled with fermented millet seeds. A must try drink after a tiring day according to the locals. However, alcohol is bad for altitude sickness.Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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  • Day 14: Trek Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m): 5 -6 hours

    We head north along the banks of Ghunsa Khola through meadows followed by pine and rhododendron forests. After crossing a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, we walk past a waterfall and a landslide prone section. A steep climb followed by descend to Lakepo and another short ascend leads to the village of Kambachen. Overnight in tents in Kambachen.Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15: Trek Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m) : 5-6 hours

    Through rocky fields, the trail gradually climbs up leading to a waterfall which can be completely frozen depending on the time of the year. We cross a large bridge to reach Ramtang monastery. After crossing northwest of Kanchenjunga Glacier, we arrive at Lhonak, located near a dry lakebed.
    The wind is very strong here sp it is advised you camp between boulders. Also, water is very scarce so use it wisely.Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16: Kanchenjunga base camp (5,388m)- Pang Pema for overnight stay : 6-7 hours

    We trek along a flat trail from Lhonak which gradually goes upwards and later gets steeper as well. We follow the trail alongside Kanchenjunga Glacier and finally reach Pangpema at five. It is the only place from where the main peak of Kanchenjunga is visible. From Pangpema we descend towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Enjoy the up-close views of Kanchenjunga and Jannu Hima among others. We then head back to Pangpema to spend the night.Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 17: Trek Pang Pema to Lhonak: 3-4 hours

    If you want to get the best view of Kanchenjunga, hike up to a ridge towards the north of Pang Pema which provides a great vantage point. We get to see the spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, The Twins and Tent Peak. We then bactrack out steps to Lhonak. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 18: Trek Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m) :6 -7 hours

    We descend to Kambachen. Then, we retrace our way back to Ghunsa. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 19: Trek Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m) : 5 -6 hours

    As we head out from Ghunsa, along the way we pass by many Mani walls followed by a monastery. Before we reach Phale, we pace through juniper forests. From here, we descend towards Chhudatangka Khola and crossing the bridge we arrive at Gyabla. The trail passes a waterfall and after crossing a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola we reach Amjilosa. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 20: Trek Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m): 6-7 hours

    A short walk from Amjilosa, lies a waterfall and as we walk past it we arrive at Solima, a small settlement. From here onwards we must cross two suspension bridges over the Ghunsa Khola to reach Sukathum. It is where Tamur and Ghunsa Khola meet. We cross Simbu Khola and many other small tributary streams to finally reach Chirwa, a village located between large boulders. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 21: Trek Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549m)

    As we head down we are leaving behind the wilderness and heading into settlement areas. Through many villages and lush vegetation, we reach Sinwa. After crossing a bridge over the Sisne Khola, we come to the similar lines of Pathibhara Trek Trail. We pass by yet another village and cross a bridge over Yaphre Khola to arrive at Phurumbu. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 22: Trek Phurumbu to Suketar (2,420m)

    We continue the Pathibhara Trek trail to reach Suketar. You can take the much-needed break today as the trekking finally stops. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 23: Fly Suketar to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, we bid Suketar goodbye and fly back to Kathmandu. After your arrival in the capital city, we can go for souvenir shopping or just roam around the city. Enjoy the farewell dinner in the evening.
    Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 24: Farewell, Flight Home

    Today concludes our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek-24 Days. You can exchange emails and photos with you trek companions. A representative from Adventure Club Trek will drop you off to the airport according to your flight’s schedule.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (3 nights).
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or  lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Round trip airfare from Kathmandu – Suketar and Suketar – Kathmandu including departure tax
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tours including tour guide, entry fees and private vehicle
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Government licensed, English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • All necessary permits including: Kanchenjunga special permit, TIMS and conservation permit fees
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement 
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Flight Delay in Taplejung (Suketar)

The quickest mode of transport from and to Taplejung is the twin otter flight service. The service is trustworthy most of the times. Sometimes, bad weather conditions and technical problems can close down the service. Adventure Club Trek will schedule the alternative mode of transport; local bus to get you to Kathmandu in time for your international flight. Expenses for the road transport will be managed with the reimbursement received from the airline after deduction of cancellation charges. So please be informed that there is no refund of the flight ticket, if you take the road transport.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

PRICE FROM US$ 2459 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 2459

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-99
  • Trip Duration 24 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate to Challenging
  • Trip Style Tea House and Tented Camp
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
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