Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek - 27 Days

On the way to sele-Le Pass on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration27 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5140m
  • Group Size 2 - 20 Person
  • Start City Kathmandu City
  • End City Kathmandu City
  • Trip Type Private and Group Joining
  • Activity Trekking and Hiking
  • Best Season March - June and September - November
Trip Highlights
  • Unbelievable views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga (four of the five tallest mountain peaks in the world!)
  • Spending time with Rai and Limbu communities and seeing their unique, well-preserved way of life
  • Visiting Yalung, Zemu, and Kanchenjunga Glaciers
  • Having the remote trail all to yourself for most of the journey – a most peaceful feeling
  • Observe the plentiful wildlife in the area – including the Red Panda, Musk Deer and Snow Leopard

After Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters/28,169 feet) is Nepal’s highest mountain. In fact, this colossal mass of rock and ice is the third tallest in the world.  Cradled between Nepal and Sikkim, India, our 27-day Kanchenjunga Trek takes you through some of Nepal’s least developed areas. This marathon of a trail passes through all sorts of landscapes, combining both the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekand Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek.

The trail provides a bit of everything, as we traverse raging rivers, and climb along wide valleys and terraced rice fields, culminating in a prolonged excursion far above the treeline, where we reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp (KBC) Pang Pema (5140 meters). Here, we have a jaw-dropping view of over 16 Himalayan peaks, including Everest (8848 meters), Makalu (8481 meters), Jannu (7710 meters), Kabru (7412 meters), and Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak) (5663 meters), among many more.

During the journey, we move from tropical jungles to rhododendron and oak forests, and eventually into the alpine zone, where little to no vegetation exists. Along the way, we visit Rai, Limbu, and Tibetan villages.  These groups speak their own dialect and practice different religions and customs than most Nepali people. They greet us with their superb hospitality. Who knows, maybe they’ll share or story or two about the elusive Yeti, as well as a couple of cups of Tongba, locally made hot millet wine. As for wildlife on the trek, we may encounter Impedance Pheasant, Red-Billed Blue Magpie, Himalayan black bear, Musk Deer, and even the Red Panda.

Before beginning the trek, we take a night bus to Birtamod and drive further to Suketar the following day. We then walk on the lowlands, hiking past terraced agriculture fields and charming villages up to a ridgeline full of rhododendron forests. Gaining elevation, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga(four of the world’s five tallest mountains) make their presence known. We are filled with glee while sharing their beautiful presence. Their sheer size will have your eyes wide open, and you may never forget the first moment you see these mountains.

We reach Yalung Glacier and cross a series of passes, and suddenly the views become more incredible. The trail reaches Pang Pema (5140 meters), the base camp for Kanchenjunga climbing expeditions.  Soon after, we cross the Lapsang La Pass over to the south side of Kanchenjunga. On our descent, we stop at the yak pastures of Ramche, where there are views of the southwest face of Kanchenjunga, considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. This view will leave you with an everlasting memory.

NOTE: If you would like to skip the night bus and fly to Biratnagar and take a shorter drive to Suketar, we can change the package to cater to your needs.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel.  We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.

  • Max Altitude: 1400m
  • Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Car/Van

Have breakfast and start sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle.  We will see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  We will learn about each site’s historical, religious, and cultural significance. We will make the special trekking permit for the Kanchenjunga Trek.

  • Max Altitude: 1400m
  • Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast

After having early breakfast, we will drive to the domestic airport and fly to Bhadrapur for about an hour. We’ve got a long drive today. Once, we land at Bhadrapur, we will catch a jeep and drive to Suketar. It’s best to be well-rested before we begin the trek. You will the gorgeous views on the drive. We pass villages and their surrounding agricultural fields.  It’s a picturesque scene. Overnight in a guest house.

  • Max Altitude: 2420m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Meals: BLD

After breakfast, we head out on the trek. It’s a short, easy day today as we pass rich pastures and beautiful settlements.  The trail winds down through tropical forests and crosses a dirt road several times before reaching Lali Kharka, which has several lodges to stay at. Overnight in a teahouse. 

  • Max Altitude: 2265m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 5 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 14km

After a tasty morning meal, we descend through millet and rice fields until we reach a suspension bridge over the Phawa Khola (1430 meters). We continue to a small Gurung settlement called Sinchebu Bhanjyang (2240 meters) and maybe stop for a snack or tea here. It’s a special moment here actually, as we catch our first glimpses of Kanchenjunga and Kyabru. Take some deep breathes and admire these wonderful mountains. Continue over the pass and descend to Kesuwa. Overnight in teahouse. 

  • Max Altitude: 2120m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 7 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 14km

We begin our day after a nice breakfast. We pack up and head to the trail, hiking through mixed forests on a relatively flat path, towards the Kabeli Khola. A series of small waterfalls puts a smile on our faces. We head north, stopping for lunch at Yangpang with awesome views of Mt. Jannu. We end the day with a steep uphill climb for about 45 minutes up to Mamankhe. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 1785m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 6 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 16km

Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an easy trail that mostly follows alongside the Kabeli Khola. Throughout the hike, we admire the beautiful ridge beyond the stream. We follow a few switchbacks up the valley and then descend under rocky cliffs, on rubble from past landslides. After walking for some time, we cross a small suspension bridge and pass through small settlements before reaching Yamphudin. It’s quite an easy day today, as we have a long day ahead of us. Overnight in ateahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 2080m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 6 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 16km

Above Yamphudin, facilities are few and far between. We’ve planned well, though, and have plenty of provisions. From Amje Khola, it’s a relentless climb, though the trail is well-maintained. At Chitre, we may see some grazing yaks, a very sweet sight. Continuing, we pass a teeming forest, with draping Spanish moss, which looks like it is out of a movie. There is a teahouse here, but we continue hiking through the mysterious forest until we break into an opening, cross a suspension bridge, and head on a gentle uphill to Tortong. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 2995m
  • Time: 8 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 18km

We begin our steady climb to Tseram after breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy walking within the beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak accompanying us for the most part of today’s journey. We pass through thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 3870m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 5 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 10km

We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Tseram, we ascend for a little while before reaching the start of the Yalung Glacier.  It is a beautiful walk on a path through the valley. Savor the views of several Himalayan peaks as we pass through the small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 4580m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 5 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 12km

We take a packed lunch and set off very early for an up-close encounter with the majestic Kanchenjunga. We follow the valley around its sweeping curve, to the vast southern wall of the mountain. Along this ridge exist the three main summits of Kanchenjunga at 8420 meters, 8586 meters, and 8474 meters. These three summits jut out into the clouds, providing an amazing scene. Keep going towards Oktang / Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, descend onto the glacier, and traverse it to a point below Talu, where we get a panoramic view of more pristine mountains. Especially impressive is the eastern part of Khumbakarna Glacier flowing from the east face of Jannu. We then return to our camp at Ramche. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 4610m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 3 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 6km

After enjoying the wild, beautiful, and peaceful Kanchenjunga South Base Camp and Ramche village, we will head back to Tseram on the same trail we took a day before. You could enjoy the beautiful mountain views and yak herd along the trail. Overnight at a tea house.

  • Max Altitude: 3870m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 4 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 12km

Today’s a relatively long day, but we’ll be exerting a lot of energy. Still, the amazing views make it all worth it. A steep climb from our campsite brings us to a little lake, where there are even more awesome views of the Jannu’s southwest face. From here, the trail is easier. However, a long way to Miring La and Sele Le Pass from the Sele Le pass, we will enjoy an awesome view of Mt. Makalu, Everest, and many more highest peaks. We will have our pack lunch along the way and continue our trek to Sele Le Phedi.

  • Max Altitude: 4120m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 9 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 20km

Today’s a relatively short day, but we’ll be exerting a lot of energy. Still, the amazing views make it all worth it. A steep descent from our campsite brings us to Lamba Sumba Kharka where there are even more awesome views of the Jannu’s southwest face. From here, the trail is easy. We finish the day with a descent on the well-maintained trail to Ghunsa. Here, set up camp in a field by the river. Ghunsa is a Tibetan village with tiny Gompa and prayer flags blowing in the wind atop houses. It’s a charming village with a welcoming atmosphere. In the evening, we can sample the local Tongba (millet wine) in one of the teahouses – a delightful treat, which also can help us stay warm at night. Overnight in tea house.

  • Max Altitude: 3595m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 5 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 14km

Today is our rest day in Gunsa after a long pass. Ghunsa is a beautiful remote village with awesome mountain views, friendly sherpa people, and their culture. We will explore this beautiful village and the monastery. Overnight at a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 3595
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 1 Hour
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 2km

From Ghunsa, we trek further north along the river bank with spectacular alpine scenery. We pass through meadows of beautiful wildflowers, eventually hiking through rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka and continue past a waterfall. After crossing the landslide area, we begin to once again see Mt. Jannu, this time with a new perspective. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail will eventually lead us to Kambachen. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 4050m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 6 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 15km

Today will be another challenging day so an early start is necessary. We trek through rocky fields with large boulders on the hillside.  Hugging the riverbank, we arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang Monastery.  After a couple more hours, we arrived at Lhonak.  Overnight at teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 4780m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 6 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 14km

From Lhonak, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, a highlight of our trek. The trail hugs the massive Kanchenjunga Glacier. Because we are at such a high altitude, we take it slow today, arriving at our destination after just 3 hours. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 5140m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 3 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 7km

We have an early wake-up call to hike up a ridge north of Pang Pema for a once-in-a-lifetime view. We have a panoramic view of numerous iconic Himalayan peaks. We then pack our bags and begin our descent. Though it took us two days to reach this point, the descent is always faster so we make it one. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 4050m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 7 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 21km

Retracing our steps from Day 14, we head back to Ghunsa. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 3595m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 5 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 15km

From Ghunsa, we take the route out of the mountains, following the flowing Ghunsa and Tamur Kholas. The path goes through verdant forests of rhododendron, conifer, birch, and oak. The valley sides are steep, and the trail follows close to the river as it cascades downwards. You pass through Kyapra, the last of the Tibetan villages, and an hour or so further on, you reach a spot called Tang. We can stop at either one. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 2730m
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Time: 5 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 15km

Heading for the village of Sakathum, our route follows an undulating trail for the first couple of hours until arriving at Amjilasa. From here, it is a long steep descent from which you can see the Ghunsa Khola Valley stretched out before you. Not too long after, we reach Sakathum. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Max Altitude: 1580
  • Time: 7 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Walking Distance: 18km

We wake up and have a tasty celebratory breakfast in the teahouse. We will walk to the jeep station for 30 minutes and the hiking part of the trek is over – it’s bittersweet. We have a scenic drive through rolling terraced hills and quaint villages until we reach Bhadrapur, where we stay for the night. Overnight in a hotel.

  • Max Altitude: 91m
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Time: 10 Hours
  • Meals: BLD
  • Transport: Jeep

After Having our breakfast, we will fly to Kathmandu for an hour explore Thamel, and have a good rest.

  • Max Altitude: 1400m
  • Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel
  • Time: 1 Hour
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Transport: Flight

Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport.  Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide!  We look forward to your next adventure with us.

  • Meals: Breakfast
Cost Details
What's Included
  • Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.
  • Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
  • All transportation for the trek.
  • Kanchenjunga Trekking Permit
  • Local guesthouse/teahouse accommodation in the mountain (and in Birtamod).
  • Government-authorized experienced guide and porters
  • Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters
  • Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Maps
  • Service charge and government taxes
  • Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu
What's Not Included
  • International airfare
  • Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)
  • Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)
Add-Ons & Options

Enhance Your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek with Exclusive Services:


Private Porter Service: Opt for a private porter at an additional $300.00 cost. On this plan, you will get your private porter who will carry only your trekking gear and will walk with you during the trekking. 
Flight from/to Bhadrapur: Opt for the flight to and from Bhadrapur instead of a long bus drive from Kathmandu. On this plan, you will fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to the trekking starting point Taplejung. Also, after the trek, you will drive to Bhadrapur and fly back to Kathmandu by plane. It cost $ 200 one way.

Dates & Price
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Mar 20, 2024From:Kathmandu City
Apr 15, 2024To:Kathmandu City
PriceUS$2800
StatusAvailable

The departure dates are changeable if you are planning for your private trek to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek with your friends or family members.

Group Discount Prices
Number of peoplePrice per person
2 pax
US$2900
3 - 5 pax
US$2700
6 - 10 pax
US$2500
11 - 20 pax
US$2350

Essential Information

Accommodation

All our packages include accommodation at the cost.  This accommodation is included during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be a twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group.  Our company provides you with a sleeping bag, two-person tents with comfortable mattress for outdoor camping trek. Our Guide will try to set up your camp with a spectacular view.

Food

Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we can order typical Nepali food, continental, Italian, Tibetan and Indian at teahouses.  While camping, we will prepare the meals for you.  After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel. 

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.  For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.    

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Note

 Please be assured that Breeze Adventure manage our treks to the highest standards. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority. We will support you to the best of our abilities with any issues that may arise. From time to time domestic flights may be delayed due to weather conditions. It is often worthwhile to include a day or two extra in your schedule to be used in the event of a delay, or if you require a little extra time during the trek. We will work with you to ensure you get the most from your trek and visit Nepal.

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