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 regions of Tibet and Sikkim. Kanchenjunga circuit trail 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 rarely been 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 hilly and mountains also bring 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 site. 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 feel like walking in clouds, this is it! Morning views are mostly clear though. The 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 indeed 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:

  • Reaching the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), world’s third highest mountain.
  • Trekking one of world’s most remote trails.
  • Opportunities to witness wildlife like Snow leopard, Musk deer, Red panda, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard and Assamese macaque.
  • Close up views of eight thousanders like Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Yalung Kang (8505m) and small mountains like Jannu ( 7710m) Pholesobi Thongje (6552m), Ghabur ( 6,305m), Tanga ( Sarphu) mountains, Merra peak ( 6334m), Drohmo peal ( 6855m), Nepal Peak ( 7177m), Mojca (6024m), Kangbachen (7902m), and Janak Chuli (7090m) among others. Views of Jannu Glacier and Kanchenjunga Glacier are quite fascinating as well.
  • Walk through low flat to high alpine valleys full of pine and rhododendron forests.
  • Option to choose from home stay/camping/tea house lodge during the trek.
  • Numerous waterfalls and Rivers along the way.
  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Suketar, Taplejung.
  • Exposure to traditional Nepali cultures as well as Tibetan culture and hospitality
  • See the Sun rising from beyond the border in India at Lhonak

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation
  • Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m/7938ft)-30 minutes, trek to Lalikharka (2265m/7,431ft)
  • Day 04: Trek Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m/6,955ft)
  • Day 05: Trek Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft)
  • Day 06: Trek Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft)
  • Day 07: Trek Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft)
  • Day 08: Trek Tortong to Cheram (3,870m/12,696ft)
  • Day 09: Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest
  • Day 10: Trek Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m/15,026ft)
  • Day 11: Trek Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram
  • Day 12: Trek Cheram to Sele La (4290m/ 14,074ft)
  • Day 13: Trek Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595/11,794)
  • Day 14: Trek Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m/13,287ft)
  • Day 15: Trek Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft)
  • Day 16: Kanchenjunga base camp (5143m), overnight at Pang Pema (5,388m/16,873ft)
  • Day 17: Trek Pang Pema to Lhonak
  • Day 18: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m/11,400ft)
  • Day 19: Trek Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft)
  • Day 20: Trek Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m/4,166ft)
  • Day 21: Trek Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549/5,082ft)
  • Day 22: Trek Phurumbu to Suketar
  • Day 23: Fly Suketar to Kathmandu
  • Day 24: Final departure

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.

  • Trip Duration 24 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate to Challenging
  • Trip Style Trekking
  • Accomodation Hotel and camped tents
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