Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek – Visit North & South Base Camp

21 Days Days

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$ 1700

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Grade:

Challenging

Group Size:

Min: 2 pax

Transport:

Plance, Bus, Jeep

Altitude:

5,143 meters

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Overview

Our 21-day Kanchenjunga Circuit trek offers a unique journey to the north and south base camps of the third-highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga- 8,586 meters.

Located on the far eastern side of Nepal near the India (Sikkim) border, Kanchenjunga was once believed to be the tallest peak until the mid-1800s. This region opened in the mid-1980s and is now protected under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, requiring a special trekking permit. These regulations ensure the preservation of the area’s pristine flora and fauna, maintaining its unique beauty for generations to come.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek beckons adventurers with promises of grandeur and challenge. Though far off the beaten path, you learn about local ways of life and visit the Ramtang and Oktang Monasteries. Beginning in Taplejung, you are thrust into a world of towering peaks, stunning waterfalls, and pristine forests. The pathways cross lush forests, meadows, rivers, waterfalls, and beautiful villages.

Breathtaking Himalayan Views

At the heart of the trek lies the crown jewel – the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Nestled among giant mountains, this particular spot is genuinely awe-inspiring. Trekkers find themselves dwarfed by the sheer magnitude of their surroundings, humbled by the grandeur of a masterpiece. In this icy wilderness, they pause to appreciate the stunning scenery and feel grateful for experiencing such incredible beauty.

During a trek to the Kanchenjunga, you will get unparalleled views of stunning mountain panoramas, showcasing iconic peaks such as Tent Peak (5,663 m/18,684 ft), Mt. Kambachen (7,902 m/25,925 ft), and Mt. Janu (7,710 m/25,300 ft). Moreover, trekkers are treated to glimpses of majestic eight-thousanders like Mt. Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m/27,765 ft), and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), enhancing the trek’s-allure with their awe-inspiring presence.

Embracing the Challenge

As trekkers venture deeper into the wilderness, they confront the true essence of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek – its formidable challenges. The trail ascends steeply, testing the limits of endurance and determination. Crossing roaring rivers on swaying suspension bridges and navigating treacherous terrain become rites of passage for those brave enough to tread these storied paths. Yet, amidst the physical trials, there is a sense of exhilaration, an unspoken camaraderie that binds fellow adventurers together in their quest for the summit.

Cultural Encounters Along the Trail

Yet, the allure of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek extends beyond its scenic vistas and physical challenges. Trekkers encounter a tapestry of cultures, each village a testament to Nepal’s rich heritage and diversity while trekking in the Kanchenjunga region. As you traverse through remote villages nestled in the Himalayan foothills, you encounter diverse ethnic communities such as the Sherpas, Limbus, and Rais, each with their distinct customs and rituals.

From the warm hospitality of local villagers to the vibrant colors of traditional attire, every interaction offers a glimpse into a way of life untouched by modernity. Trekkers are invited to partake in ancient rituals and celebrations, forging connections that transcend language and borders.

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

  1. Majestic Mountain Views: The Kanchenjunga region is home to some of the tallest peaks in the world, including the third highest, Mount Kanchenjunga itself. Trekkers are treated to awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks, including Kanchenjunga, Jannu, Kabru, and others throughout the trek.
  2. Remote and Untouched Wilderness: Unlike some of Nepal’s more popular trekking routes, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek remains relatively untouched by mass tourism. The trail winds through remote villages, pristine forests, and high alpine landscapes, offering a true wilderness experience for trekkers seeking solitude and tranquility.
  3. Explore Ethnic Cultures: The Kanchenjunga region is inhabited by various ethnic communities, including the indigenous Rai and Limbu people. Trekking through their villages allows one to experience their unique cultures, traditions, and lifestyles. Visitors can witness traditional dance performances, visit ancient monasteries, and interact with locals to gain insight into their way of life.
  4. Diverse Flora and Fauna: The trekking route passes through diverse ecological zones, ranging from subtropical forests to alpine meadows. Trekkers can spot various flora and fauna along the way, including rhododendrons, orchids, Himalayan bears, red pandas, and numerous bird species. The region is also home to the elusive snow leopard, although spotting one is rare.
  5. Challenging Passes and High-Altitude Passes: The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek presents trekkers with challenging mountain passes and high-altitude terrain. Crossing the high passes such as the Mirgin La Pass (4,663 meters) and Sinion La Pass (4,664 meters) offers breathtaking panoramas but demands physical endurance and acclimatization. These thrilling passages add an adventurous element to the trek, making it ideal for experienced trekkers seeking a more demanding expedition.

The difficulty of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

The whole trek is over 220 kilometers long and quite strenuous. Depending on your fitness level and experience, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. The trek will take you through rough terrain at high altitudes, which can be hard on your body. You should be OK with some extra determination if you have been on moderately long treks in the Himalayas.

The trek starts in Taplejung, which is about 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) above sea level and reaches the Pangpema base camp on the North side of Kanchenjunga, which is 5,140 meters (16,860 feet) above sea level. The trek also has several high passes, such as the 4,620-meter-high Mirgin La pass (15,157 feet). Altitude sickness is a definite possibility and has to be taken into account.

The terrain frequently goes uphill and downhill, and you will follow rivers and valleys that go from woodland to very rocky terrain. There aren’t any well-facilitated health posts, so being healthy is necessary.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Route Map

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Route Map

Itinerary

01 DAY

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel (1400m)

After you arrive in Kathmandu, one of our office representatives will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Get refreshed and you will be introduced to your guide and given a briefing about your Kanchenjunga circuit trek journey. Stroll around Thamel and explore the beauty of Kathmandu city.

02 DAY

Sightseeing tour and obtain special trek permits

Today’s itinerary includes visits to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu: Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhanath Stupa. Following breakfast at your hotel, our knowledgeable city tour guide will pick you up and lead you on a comprehensive sightseeing tour.

Throughout the day, our guide will provide insights into the historical and religious significance of each site. After the tour, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel, where you can do last-minute shopping for your trek. Thamel offers a convenient location for purchasing any necessary trekking items.

03 DAY

Fly to Bhadrpur and then Drive to Illam

Today’s adventure begins with a scenic 45-minute flight from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to Bhadrapur’s Chandragadhi Airport. After landing in Bhadrapur, we’ll take a local jeep, embarking on a picturesque drive through the charming town of Kanyam. Traversing the Mechi Highway, we’ll be treated to stunning vistas of lush tea plantations as we make our way toward Illam, a starting point of the renowned Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.

04 DAY

Drive from Illam to Taplejung (1640m) - 9 hrs drive

Today, you’ll embark on an exhilarating jeep drive from Illam to Taplejung, traversing through the picturesque hills of Nepal. Along the journey, you’ll be treated to majestic views of rolling hills and verdant valleys, with frequent stops to soak in the breathtaking scenery.

As we make our way towards Taplejung, known as one of the bustling centers of business in the region, you’ll witness the vibrant local life and bustling activity that characterizes this charming town nestled amidst the mountains. It’s a journey filled with adventure, stunning vistas, and glimpses into the heart of rural Nepal.

05 DAY

Drive from Taplejung to Sekathum - 5 hrs drive

Today, we’ll embark on another exhilarating leg of our journey, taking a thrilling jeep ride to Sekathum via Mitlung, Chirwa, and Lelep, tracing the meandering course of the Tamor River. This rugged route promises approximately 5 hours of off-road adventure, winding through picturesque ethnic villages brimming with charm.

En route, we’ll stop to complete the necessary formalities, checking our special permits at the National Park entry point before continuing our journey towards Sekathum, our destination for the day. Sekathmu is a small settlement of Tibetan people situated at 1,640 meters.

06 DAY

Trek to Amjilosa (2498m) 9 km./ 5.59 miles - 5/6 hrs trek

Today is the beginning of our hike after three days of drive. After breakfast, we start our hike with a steep climb along the Ghunsa River. The trail passes through George, verdant trees, and the settlements of Jogginm and Ghaiyabari.

After walking over the uphill and downhill trail and crossing through many suspension bridges and villages, we will reach Amjilosa. It is a settlement of Sherpa and Tibetan people.

07 DAY

Trek to Gyabla (2725m) - 8 KM /4.97miles - 4/5 hrs trek

Today offers a leisurely trekking experience, with a shorter distance to cover compared to previous days. After a satisfying breakfast in Amjilosa, we begin our journey towards Gyabla.

As we depart from Amjilosa, we continue our ascent along the Ghunsa Valley, surrounded by untouched wilderness. The trail leads us through dense forests, where the absence of human settlements lends an air of solitude to our trekking experience. Amidst the lush foliage dominated by bamboo, rhododendrons, and gnarled brown oaks, the climb becomes a serene communion with nature.

Upon reaching a flat ridge after the uphill climb through the forest, we’re rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains. Along the trail, we’re treated to picturesque views of scattered pastures and cascading waterfalls, adding to the enchantment of the journey.

The ascent to Kyapart is steep but offers panoramic views of Ghunsa village nestled amidst terraced hills. Situated approximately 350 meters above the Ghunsa Khola, Ghunsa village charms with its terraced fields, the gushing Ghunsa Khola, and the distant landscapes stretching before us.

Continuing our trek, we eventually arrive at the quaint village of Gyabla, where we’ll spend the night, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Himalayan wilderness.

08 DAY

Trek to Ghunsa (3415m) -11 KM /6.83miles - 5 hrs trek

Today marks a significant milestone of our trek as we exceed the 3000-meter elevation. Our journey commences with a challenging descent into a deep gorge, followed by a tranquil trek through forests adorned with rhododendrons and firs. As we delve deeper into the wilderness, the terrain gradually levels out, making our walk easier.

Traversing along the riverbank, we make our way towards the picturesque Yak pastures of Pholey, situated at an elevation of 3210 meters. Pholey, a Tibetan village renowned for its potato cultivations, invites us with its serene beauty and cultural richness.

Upon reaching Pholey, we take a break for a refreshing lunch, soaking in the ambiance influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture. Here, amidst the rustic charm, stands a magnificent monastery, a testament to the spiritual heritage of the region.

Continuing our trek beyond Pholey, the valley unfolds, revealing expansive green fields and lush larch forests. Following the trail, we gradually descend to the tranquil riverbed of Ghunsa Khola (river).

Crossing the bridge over Ghunsa Khola (river) heralds our arrival in Ghunsa village, where our journey for the day concludes. Set against the backdrop of majestic peaks, Ghunsa village welcomes us with its warmth and hospitality, offering a glimpse into the mountain way of life.

09 DAY

Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization

After surpassing the 3000-meter altitude mark, it’s essential to prioritize proper acclimatization for our bodies to adjust with higher elevations. Therefore, we will spend an additional night in Ghunsa village, allowing us ample time to rest and acclimatize effectively.

To keep ourselves active, we’ll engage in a rejuvenating hike to the surrounding ridges. Winding our way through lush forests, we’ll ascend to the enchanting Lpasan La Monastery, where we’ll take in the serene surroundings and immerse ourselves in the tranquility of the mountains. After relishing some moments of peace and reflection, we’ll make our descent back to Ghunsa.

Ghunsa serves as the final permanent settlement along the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek route, offering us the opportunity to savor the charm of this mountain village. In the afternoon, we’ll indulge in leisurely activities, soaking in the majestic beauty of our surroundings. In the evening, we’ll gather for a hearty dinner and go to bed for a good sleep.

10 DAY

Trek to Khambachen (4145m) -11 KM /6.83miles -5/6 hrs trek

Today’s trail leads us to Kambachen from Ghunsa which is a less touristic and prone to landslide trail.

Venturing northward from Ghunsa, we embark on a captivating journey through diverse landscapes. Ascending gradually, we find ourselves amidst a forest adorned with larch and juniper trees, following the meandering path along the bank of the river.

Traversing through sandy and boulders riverbank, we cross a wood and stone bridge to reach Rambuk Kharka at an altitude of 3720 meters. After this, we must walk carefully as the trail passes through the landslide area.

Yet, amidst the challenges, our efforts are rewarded with breathtaking views of the towering north face of Mt. Jannu, standing majestically at 7,710 meters, as well as the awe-inspiring Jannu Glacier.

Descending through the mountainside, we eventually arrive at Kambachen, some basic teahouses serving as lodges for Kanchenjunga trekkers. Despite the rustic charm of these accommodations, it’s important to note that the facilities are basic, requiring us to adjust our expectations and embrace the simplicity of mountain living.

11 DAY

Trek to Lhonak (4792m) - 10 KM /6.21miles - 4/5 hrs trek

After having our breakfast, we began our hike along the trail; we transition into a rugged and barren landscape, devoid of any signs of human habitation.

Climbing steadily amidst moraine debris, we step cautiously, mindful of the treacherous terrain beneath our feet. The trail winds its way across slopes scarred by landslides until we reach the tranquil pasturelands of Ramtang, nestled at an altitude of 4,350 meters.

Here, amidst the stark beauty of the landscape, we encounter the serene Ramtang Monastery, perched gracefully beside a bridge overlooking a cascading waterfall. The vista before us is nothing short of breathtaking, as we continue our journey along the north bank of the river, crossing over the Lhonak glacier.

 

Navigating through the challenging terrain with determination and focus, we reach the junction where the Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glaciers meet, a remarkable convergence point amidst the vastness of the Himalayas. Moving onward, we’re greeted by panoramic views of towering peaks, including the mesmerizing Mera Peak to the east, standing at 6,344 meters.

Descending shortly along a downhill trail, we arrive at the Riverside, where the settlement of Lhonak comes into view. At Lhonak, there are only 4 teahouses that offer common accommodations with limited meal options. Lhonak is a tiny outpost amidst the wilderness.

Continuing our trek, we finally reach our campsite at Lhonak, nestled beside a wide and open sandy plain. The campsite offers a spacious and inviting setting, with excellent facilities for a comfortable stay. Amidst the tranquility of the surroundings, there’s a possibility of encountering wildlife, from elusive blue sheep and mountain goats to smaller creatures like hyraxes and marmots. Additionally, the skies above may be graced by the majestic presence of eagles, kites, and falcons, adding to the allure of this remote Himalayan sanctuary.

12 DAY

Hike to Kanchenjunga North base camp (Pang Pema) (5143m) and return to Lhonak for overnight stay (9 KM /5.59miles) - 6/7 hrs trek

Today, our journey leads us to the renowned north base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga, also known as Pang Pema among locals. Today’s hike to the base camp is a highlight of our Kanchenjunga circuit trek, offering unparalleled vistas and a sense of accomplishment.

Gradually ascending along the moraines, we follow the trail until we reach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. From here, you can explore the fluttering prayer flags and the awe-inspiring presence of the majestic Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world, we’re rewarded with a truly mesmerizing sight.

After soaking in the breathtaking scenery, we retreat to Lhonak for a well-deserved overnight stay, cherishing the memories of our remarkable journey to the base camp.

13 DAY

Trek to Ghunsa (3415m) - 21 KM /13miles - 7/8 hrs trek

As we bid farewell to the majestic north Kanchenjunga Base Camp, we retrace our steps towards Ghunsa. Although we tread familiar paths, the return journey offers a fresh perspective, allowing us Himalayan vistas from a new angle.

Amidst the awe-inspiring scenery on our way back, leaving behind the towering presence of Mt. Jannu as we navigate past landslides and glaciers with caution. Descending from Pang Pema, our route takes us through Lhonak, Kambachen, and finally back to Ghunsa, where we’ll spend the night, reminiscing about the unforgettable experiences of our trekking adventure.

 

14 DAY

Trek to Sele Le Base Camp (4240m) - 6 KM /3.72miles - 5/6 hrs trek

Leaving the familiar trail to Gyabla behind, we turn towards the right-hand side from Ghunsa, embarking on a steep uphill trek towards Sele Le. This remote section of the trail remains untouched by human settlements, offering a rare chance to encounter the elusive snow leopards amidst the dense forest.

Few teahouses are operating their service for the trekkers only in the main trekking seasons. Due to snowfall, if teahouses are closed at Sele Le Base Camp we will trek further to Tseram in a single day.

15 DAY

Trek to Tseram (3868m) via Sinion La Pass, and Sinelapche La Pass - 9 KM /5.59 miles - 6/7 hrs trek

As the first light of dawn breaks, we set out early this morning, embarking on our journey towards the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Our path leads us through rugged terrain, beginning with the crossing of the Sinion La Pass at an elevation of 4,450 meters. Continuing along the trail, we traverse a ridge, ascending steadily until we reach the lofty heights of the Sinelapche La pass, towering at 4,830 meters above sea level. Along the arduous climb, we’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of towering peaks such as Mt. Jannu, Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, Kangchenjunga, and Kabru, as well as the sprawling Himalayan range along the Sikkim border.

While the weather conditions at these altitudes may bring challenges, we must remain resilient and prepared to face any difficulties that may arise. Nevertheless, the breathtaking vistas surrounding us serve as a source of inspiration, fueling our determination to press onward.

After a demanding hike, we traverse along ridges before beginning our final descent towards Tseram, where we’ll spend the night, resting and rejuvenating for the adventures that lie ahead.

16 DAY

Trek to Ramche and Hike to Oktang (Yalung South Base Camp Viewpoint) (4740m) and back to Tseram (14 KM /8.6miles) - 7/8 hrs trek

Today’s adventure takes us on an exploration of the Yalung Glacier and the Oktang Base Camp, promising breathtaking vistas and memorable encounters with the rugged beauty of the Himalayas.

Setting off early from Tseram after a hearty breakfast, we embark on the 7-kilometer journey towards Oktang, gaining an elevation of 300 meters along the way.

As we ascend, we’re treated to stunning panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and jagged ridges, with the majestic Kangchenjunga dominating the horizon. The sight of Mt. Rothang and Kabru along the Nepal-Sikkim border adds to the allure of the landscape.

With each higher step, the vistas unfold before us, drawing us closer to the towering peaks. Passing by the snout of the Yalung Glacier, we continue our ascent through a series of ablation valleys until we finally arrive at the Oktang Base Camp, also known as the South Base Camp.

Here, amidst the serene surroundings, we’re treated to an impressive view of the Khumbakarna Glacier, while the Kanchenjunga south face looms majestically in the distance. Along the way, we’re greeted by the sight of frozen lakes and crystal-clear streams, with highlights including the awe-inspiring Kokthan, Rathong, and Kabru peaks.

After soaking in the splendor of the landscape, we begin our descent back to Tseram, where we’ll spend the night, reflecting on the day’s adventures and cherishing the memories of our trek through the Himalayan wilderness.

17 DAY

Trek to Tortong (2980m) - 13 KM /8miles - 6/7 hrs trek

Today’s journey entails a descent to lower altitudes, offering us the chance to revel in magnificent views of the snow-clad Himalayas as we proceed.

As we trek further, the towering giants of the Himalayas unfold before us. Along the way, we’re treated to an impressive vista of the Yalung Glacier, a testament to the grandeur of nature.

Descending steadily through lush forests dominated by rhododendrons and pine trees, our path leads us to Tortong. Following an easy trail alongside the Simbua Khola (river), we continue our trek through the enchanting jungles of pine and rhododendron, immersing ourselves in the natural beauty of the landscape as we make our way to Tortong.

18 DAY

Trek to Yamphudin (1692m) - 9 KM /5.59ft - 6/7 hrs trek

Today’s hike leads us through challenging trails, with prone landslide sections. Amidst these precarious terrains, we encounter a daunting 600-meter climb to Lamite Pass, situated at an altitude of 3500 meters. The arduous ascent tests our resolve as we navigate steep slopes and exposed terrain.

Following the rigorous climb, we descend into the valley of the Simbua Khola. Our journey continues with a steady ascent along steep slopes, leading us into forests adorned with towering pines and vibrant rhododendrons. Passing through Lamite Bhanjyang and Amji Khola, we find ourselves climbing once more, reaching the pass at Dhupi Bhanjyang, nestled at 2540 meters.

From here, the trail meanders through verdant cultivable fields, where locals cultivate crops like corn and barley. Crossing a ridge, we finally arrive at the picturesque village of Yamphudin, a vibrant community inhabited by Sherpas, Limbus, Rais, and Gurungs. Yamphudin’s scenic beauty and cultural richness captivate us, offering a serene retreat after the day’s challenging trek. Tonight, we rest in Yamphudin.

19 DAY

Drive to Illam Kanyam (1210m) - 10 hrs drive

At 5 a.m., we embark on a local jeep ride from Yamphudin to Kanyam, traversing rough, off-road terrain. During the journey, we pass by fields where cardamom and tea are cultivated. After completing the high-altitude trek, you are in the lowlands and refreshed. Kanyam attracts numerous local tourists due to its popularity as a destination with sprawling tea gardens.

20 DAY

Drive from Kanyam to Bhadrapur and then fly back to Kathmandu

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive for about 4 hours to Bhadrapur airport and then take a short flight to Kathmandu which is about a 45-minute flight.  Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Take some time to freshen up before joining us for a farewell dinner. Indulge in delicious Nepalese cuisine and cultural performances as part of the evening’s festivities.

 

21 DAY

Departure from Nepal

Today is the last day of your Kanchenjunga journey. Our office representative will accompany you to the international airport, ensuring you arrive at least three hours before your departure flight. We sincerely hope that your time in Nepal with us has been unforgettable, and we extend our best wishes for a safe and pleasant journey home.

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city inclusive of breakfast.
  • Round domestic airfares and airport taxes. (Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu)
  • 1-day Kathmandu sightseeing tour around world heritage sites inclusive of private transport and city tour guide.
  • 18 nights of twin-sharing local teahouse accommodations during the trek.
  • 3 meals per day while on the trek. (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • All the essential trekking permits of Kanchenjunga region.
  • Local bus and jeep transport from Bhadrapur to Sekathum.
  • Local jeep transport from Yamphudin to Illam and then to Bhadrapur.
  • First-aid medicine for the trek.
  • An experienced and government-certified trekking guide for the trek.
  • Company duffel bags and sleeping bags to use while on the trek.
  • All our local field staff will be insured along with their salary, accommodation, and meals.
  • An appreciation certificate after a successful trek.
  • Nepalese cuisine farewell dinner at a typical restaurant with a cultural dance performance.

Price Excludes

  • International flights and Nepal travel visa.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu hotel stay.
  • Tips to the guide.
  • Porters are available at an additional cost.
  • Any kinds of alcoholic beverages and cold drinks during the trek.

Traveller’s Review


Thanks a lot, Ganesh for organizing such a beautiful trek to the Kanchenjunga region. 3 friends from Italy visited the Kanchenjunga circuit in September 2023. One of our friends in Italy recommended this company for us and they organized our Nepal trip perfectly.

Thank you for our guide Rabin and porters Subash and Ramesh. They are incredible guys.

We will surely visit Nepal again with these guys.

Visited Nepal in September 2023.

Kanchenjunga trekking in Nepal

Gabriele
Florence Italy

We recently had the privilege of embarking on the 20-day Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek with Glorious Himalaya, and it was an experience that surpassed all expectations. Led by our knowledgeable guide, Uru, and supported by the ever-reliable porter Ramesh, every journey moment was filled with wonder and challenges.

From the moment we set foot on the trail, it was evident that we were in good hands. Our guide Uru’s expertise not only ensured our safety but also enriched our journey with fascinating insights into the local culture, flora, and fauna. His passion for the mountains was infectious, and his guidance instilled confidence in our group as we navigated the rugged terrain and challenging altitudes.

Ramesh, our porter, was a true unsung hero of the trek. His unwavering strength and cheerful demeanor never failed to lift our spirits, especially during the toughest stretches of the trail. With a warm smile and a willingness to go above and beyond, Ramesh ensured that we could focus on the beauty around us while he took care of the logistical details.

Overall, it was the best journey, and highly recommend Glorious Himalaya company for those planning this trek.

Thank you guys for your unbelievable support.

Visited Nepal in October 2023.

 

Local in kanchenjunga region

Emma and Alexander
Hamburg, Germany

Do We Need to be Physically Prepared for the Trek?

It would be best to be physically prepared for the trek because the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek includes many severe ascents and descents. The path itself is rough and challenging, requiring several hours of trekking. The air gets thinner as you travel to higher elevations, and the cold weather may be harsh on your body. This trek might be a horrible experience if you are not physically fit.

Although the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek offers fantastic experiences, it also involves enduring harsh and challenging hiking conditions. The ideal method to prepare for this trek is to participate in physical training and, if possible, a few more minor claims or short treks before you start your journey.

To enhance your general stamina, you should include aerobic workouts, such as jogging, running, long walks, cycling, stair climbing, and swimming. Additionally, increase your muscular power and core body fitness to navigate the challenging terrain efficiently.

Best Time for Kanchenjunga Trekking

Kanchenjunga trek is one of the famous treks in Nepal. The best time for this trek is during the peak seasons, spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Spring and autumn have stable weather and temperatures, making them ideal for high-altitude adventures. During these times, temperatures are in the mid-20°C range, with cool mornings and evenings at higher elevations, perfect for outdoor activities. You can enjoy magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga Mountain.

It is possible to do the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek during the off-seasons, like monsoon (June-August) and winter (December-February), as it is accessible all year. However, it is more difficult during these times. In the monsoon season, the paths are slippery and dangerous, with a higher risk of landslides. The weather is very harsh in the winter, with temperatures dropping to as low as -30°C.

Tea House & Food During Kanchenjunga Trek

Due to Mt. Kanchenjunga’s rugged terrain, the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek has long been a camping trek. However, Kanchenjunga is becoming a teahouse trek because of the slow rise of basic hut accommodation along the trail. Food and accommodation are also regarded as one of the expedition’s challenges. On the high-altitude trek, food and lodging choices are limited. They provide services such as bathrooms, toilets, and lodging. However, these wonderful tea houses provide a cozy setting in high-altitude conditions. They also offer a warm meal and a comfortable stay.

Because there aren’t many teahouses in isolated locations, you should camp along the trail at some point. We will manage your food and accommodation, so you don’t have to worry about anything. Some teahouses in lower regions provide additional amenities such as Wi-Fi, charging, hot water, and so on for an extra fee.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek has extremely few food options. These teahouses offer Dal Bhat, a traditional Nepalese cuisine consisting of rice, lentils, dal, pickles, vegetables, and other ingredients. Breakfast will consist of toast, hard-boiled eggs, and porridge. Other cuisines at certain teahouses include momo, chowmein, noodles, thukpa, and others. You may also buy snacks like protein bars, dried fruits, and granola bars.

Guide and Porter Are Required for Trek

When trekking the Kanchenjunga Circuit, both guide and porter are essential. A guide familiar with the region ensures safety and navigation through the rugged terrain, which includes high altitudes and remote areas. They also have a Kanchenjunga Circuit trek map to ensure a successful trek. They also provide insights into the local culture, wildlife, and plants, making the trek more enjoyable.

A porter carries your supplies and personal items so you don’t struggle with a heavy backpack. This is especially helpful in Kanchenjunga’s rugged and high-altitude areas, where carrying gear can be challenging due to the demanding conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a beginner climb Kanchenjunga?

No, beginners cannot climb Kanchenjunga. Therefore, climbing is strictly for experts with top physical fitness and solid mental strength to handle challenging terrain and high altitude.

Is Kanchenjunga more complicated than the Everest Base Camp trek?

Yes, climbing Kanchenjunga is much more difficult than trekking to Everest Base Camp. Kanchenjunga is one of the highest mountains in the world and requires advanced mountaineering skills, proper equipment, and extensive preparation for high altitudes. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is less popular than Everest Base Camp.

Why no one climbed Kanchenjunga?

Many climbers haven’t climbed Kanchenjunga because it’s very tough and dangerous. The high mountain has rough terrain and unpredictable weather, making climbing hard.

Which is the most difficult trek?

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is the most difficult trek in Nepal. You have to organize everything on this trek. It is a camping trip where you must carry everything for the trek.

How steep is Kanchenjunga?

Kanchenjunga trail is very steep, with rugged slopes that make climbing challenging. Its terrain is tough, with steep inclines and rocky areas that climbers must navigate carefully.

Who can climb Kanchenjunga?

You must have advanced technical skills to climb the Kanchenjunga. Some consider it more challenging than climbing Mount Everest. You’ll need significant mountaineering experience to handle the rugged terrain and unpredictable weather conditions.

What permits are required for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

The permits required for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek are:

  1.  Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit
  2. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit.

What is the altitude of Kanchenjunga?

The altitude of Kanchenjunga is 8,586 meters (28,169ft). Mount Kanchenjunga is the third-highest mountain peak in the world.

What are the base camp of Kanchenjunga?

There are two base camps for Kanchenjunga: North Base Camp (Pang Pema 5,143 meters), located in Tibet, and South Base Camp (Ramche 4,580 meters), situated in Nepal. The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek and Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek offer stunning views of the Himalayan range.

Is the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek easier than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Kanchenjunga Circut Trek is more challenging than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek involves longer days of hiking, rugged terrain, and high altitudes to navigate. Kanchenjunga Circut Trek is a challenging and rewarding trek.

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