Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 21 days
Explore two base camps in Kanchenjunga: Makalu and Everest
Trek to Pangpema base camp at 5100m
Discover different local ethnic communities such as Rai and Limbu
Immerse yourself in the rich flora and fauna of the region
Kanchenjunga Circuit trek will lead you into the pristine Kanchenjunga Conservation Area of Nepal. This park is named after its massive snow treasure Mount Kanchenjunga with an elevation of 8,586m. Mount Kanchenjunga is 3rd highest mountain in world after Mount Everest and Mount K2. Kanchenjunga trek gives you a very rare taste of an unexploited wilderness, experienced by very less tourists. Mount Kanchenjunga is considered to be on of the most beautiful snow massif in the world.
Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is an ideal trekking trail for the trekkers who enjoy solitude. This is a 21 days trek starting from Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal. We can do this trek by camping throughout the trail or by staying in a tea house. We will fly to Suketar airport located in far north-east part of Nepal from where our trek starts. We will trek through the beautiful villages, forests and landscapes observing different ethnic groups far from modern world still practicing their traditional culture. On our trek we can see the traces of Kirat civilization throughout the inhabited areas. On this trek we can see central, south and north face of Kanchenjunga. Also we can see mount Yalungkang, Jannu, Makalu, Lhotse and Everest on the way to Selela Pass. We might also see snow leopard, red panda, musk deer and several species of birds and butterflies preserved in the country’s most pristine Oak and Rhododendron forest. After trekking through the forested area of Kanchenjunga the trail passes through high altitude with less vegetation and more rocky terrain. We will cross Mirgin La Pass of 4725 meters and enjoy the panoramic views of mount Makalu, Chamlang and Everest. After then we trek through the massive glacier of Kanchenjunga from where we will get to see the most incredible close up view of mount Kanchenjunga. Finally we will reach to the base camp of mount Kanchenjunga at Pang Pema. After then we will start trekking back to Suketar collecting many unforgettable moments of the trek. Kanchenjunga Circuit trek will certainly fill you with new energy and inspiration in your life.You can learn more about Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
Kanchenjunga circuit Trek
KATHMANDU – SUKETAR (2420M) – LALIKHARKA 4 HOURS
From Kathmandu, we will board an early morning flight to Suketar which is located in the far northeast region of Nepal. We will trek up and down through the trail that mostly passes through lush green forests all the way to Lalikharka.
LALIKHARKA – KHESEWA (2120M) 7 HOURS
After breakfast we will trek to Khesewa. The trekking trail is an easy descent to Phundrawa. From there our trail goes steep up via Yangpang, Phumphe Danda to Khesewa. On the trail we will see different ethnic communities unaffected by modern wold still holding their traditional culture. We will stay overnight in Khesewa.
KHESEWA – MAMANKHE (1785M) 6 HOURS
Early in the morning we will start our trek towards river Kabeli. On the trail through forests we will cross several small streams enjoying the views of himalayas. We will stay overnight in a homestay at Mamankhe.
MAMANKHE – YAMPHUDIN (2080M) 6 HOURS
Today we trek alongside the river Kabeli. On the way we will see beautiful ridge behind the stream. As we continue our trek we pass by a beautiful waterfall. After walking for some hours, we will cross a small suspension bridge, get to Yamphudin and stay overnight.
YAMPHUDIN – TORTONG (2,995M) 6 HOURS
We begin our trek on a trail commonly used by the villagers which pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along the way, we will have constant scenic view of the Himalayas. We will trek alongside the river Amji. After then we will cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong and stay overnight in a tea house.
TORTONG – CHERAM (3,870M) 7 HOURS
Today we will climb to Cheram, the trail is right on the side of the river Simbuwa. We pass through the beautiful Lalung valley while observing Tuplung peak for most of the part of today’s journey. As we continue we will pass through thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier and stay overnight at Cheram in a tea house.
CHERAM: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION
Today we spend a day in Cheram which will help us to acclimatize in this high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day on rest or going on small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Yalung Glacier, viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks and stay overnight in Cheram.
CHERAM – RAMCHE (4,580M) 5 HOURS
Today we trek from Cheram to Ramche. From Cheram, we ascend for sometime before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche for overnight.
RAMCHE – YALUNG BASE CAMP (4500M) TO CHERAM
From Ramche, we walk further up in the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. Then we trek further ahead for a glimpse of the mount Jannu. We will continue our trek further towards Oktang Monastery. From there, we will climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views of Kanchenjunga from the base camp is extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are so close by. Then we descend and spend overnight at Cheram.
CHERAM – SELE LA (4290M) 6 HOURS
Today we will cross four passes beginning with Sine Lapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass we will continue to Mirgin La pass. After then we continue trekking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far. From there, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail which is very near to the Sele La pass. We cross the pass and stay overnight in Sele La.
SELE LA – GHUNSA (3,595M) 4 HOURS
We will start our trek towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. Then we will reach a chorten marked by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village of houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags. We will stay Overnight in Ghunsa.
GHUNSA – KAMBACHEN (4,050M) 6 HOURS
From Ghunsa, we will trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We will pass through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and pine forests. Then we will cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka and continue past a waterfall and cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night.
KAMBACHEN – LHONAK (4,780M) 6 HOURS
Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We will trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We will then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. After then we will cross a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. We will stay overnight in Lhonak.
KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP(5,143M) 7 HOURS
From Lhonak, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. After passing Pangpema we will descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the base camp is magnificient. Mount Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. After then we will descend back to Pangpema and stay overnight.
PANGPEMA – LHONAK 5 HOURS
From Pangpema we trace back our steps to Lhonak and stay overnight.
LHONAK – GHUNSA (3475M) 7 HOURS
From Lhonak, we will descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up.
GHUNSA – AMJILOSA (2,308M) 6 HOURS
From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We will pass through several Mani’s and a monastery nearby. We will walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From there, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We will cross a bridge over river Chhundatangka and reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over river Sumbung before reaching Amjilosa. Today we stay overnight in Amjilosa.
AMJILOSA – CHIRWA (1,270M) 7 HOURS
After walking for a while we will see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We will continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over river Ghunsa and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages beside river Thunsa followed by river Tamor before reaching Chirwa. We will stay overnight in Chirwa.
CHIRWA – PHURUMBU (1,549M) 6 HOURS
Today we will notice that the settlement starts to get thicker as we are descending. Our trail is alongside lush vegetation. We pass through several villages before reaching Sinwa. From there we continue to descend acrossing a bridge over the Sisne Khola. Now we are in the Pathibhara Trek trail. We will pass through another village and cross another suspension bridge over Yaphre Khola to reach Phurumbu for overnight stay.
PHURUMBU – SUKETAR 7 HOURS
Our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek ends today. We can take a much needed break after reaching Suketar.
SUKETAR – KATHMANDU
After completing our wonderful journey of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Today we will spend our whole day resting, packing, sightseeing or souvenir shopping for loved ones in Kathmandu. There will be a farewell dinner hosted by our company in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our trek.
INCLUDES / EXCLUDES
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner according to available menu.
Hot water, Coffee, Snickers, Fruits
Accommodation in a teahouse or tent
Well experienced mountain guide and Climbing gears
Flight Tickets Kathmandu – Bhadrapur – Suketar
National park entry permits and other permits
First aid kit and satellite phone.
Alcohol, Cigarettes and other personal expenses
Travel, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory).
International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee Guides/ Porter’s tip.
Personal belongings (i.e.camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc).
Hiking boots, sports shoe/ trainers, 3/4 woolen socks ,2pairs liners socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat, 1 Day back pack and duffel bag for your clothing.
Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, thermals.
Comprehensive list will be provided after you book the trip.
Most of the items can be bought or hired in Kathmandu.