Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Overview

Trips Fact

  • Duration 26
  • Max-Altitude: 5,160m/16928ft.
  • Best Season: Spring (February – May) and Autumn (September – November)
  • Departure From: Kathmandu
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: Min. 2 – Max. 12
  • Breakfast: Meal | Breakfast
  • Diffculty: Moderate to Strenuous
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek takes almost all the trekking points in the Kanchenjunga Region. In return, you collect a lifetime memory of the ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snows” as the mountain contains five prominent peaks – Kanchenjunga Main (8,586m), Yalung Kang (8,505m), Kanchenjunga West (8,420m), and the Twin Peaks (both 8,476m) stretching towards different four nations: Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m) – the third highest peak in the world is the main attraction of this Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.

This Kanchenjunga Region is a protected region and a home for the endangered snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda, blue sheep, and rhesus monkey. Also, we can find 250 species of different birds including impeyan pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, and ashy drongo. Kanchenjunga region also offers biodiversity of 20 indigenous gymnosperms, 15 among Nepal’s 23 endemic flowering plants, 23 varieties of rhododendron species and 48 varieties of orchids.

Trek in the Kanchenjunga Region – the least traveled destination of eastern Nepal. During your journey, you pass through Himalayan trekking passes, visit traditional villages, and enjoy dense forests, rivers, natural flora and fauna. You can enjoy Himalayan beauty, pristine snow-capped mountains and glaciers during your adventurous trek. Also, you meet Himalayan Sherpa people (Tibetan origin), observe their Buddhist culture, visit Gompas and feel the warmth of organic hospitality.

Your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek begins after you fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar, and then a scenic flight from Biratnagar to Suketar (Taplejung district). Next, you pass through rustic trails, cross bridges, walk through dense forests, climb cliffs and shelter in the traditional settlements.

 

Book your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek with Lonely Nepal Trek. We promise you to provide the best quality trekking services, security and proper guidance plus assistance. Be ready to collect the most beautiful memories, natural-thrilling moments and life-changing activities.

 


  • Enjoy your Trek to the ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow”
  • Stand aside Kanchenjunga– the third highest peak in the world
  • Least traveled destination of eastern Nepal
  • Meet Himalayan people and their lifestyle, observe Buddhist monasteries, architecture and traditions
  • Average physical fitness trekkers can easily accomplish
  • Well-experienced licensed guides, strong porters and supportive crew members
  • Physically less challenging journey, and heavenly natural pleasure – Collect lifetime experiences
  • One of the most satisfying treks among all destinations in Nepal.

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Itinerary

When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will meet our representative. He/she will greet you and drive to our luxury Nepali authentic restaurant and assist you to check-in at Thamel. So, please keep your eyes on someone holding a placard with your name or our company’s name – Lonely Nepal.

In the evening, we arrange a short introduction meeting. You will meet your guide, and our trekking expert will provide you with all the detailed information about the trek.

We offer you a welcome dinner and you simply take a rest at the restaurant. Overnight, you stay at our restaurant and restore your energy to accomplish your upcoming adventurous trip to Kanchenjunga Circuit Camp Trek.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

Today, you are going to enjoy the Kathmandu Valley Tour – the city full of World Heritage Sites, Nepali culture and many more to explore.

Early morning, we offer you a warm breakfast and your sightseeing starts with our city guide. At first, you visit Pashupatinath Temple – the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, then move to Boudhanath Stupa – the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world. After that, we drive you to Patan Durbar Square. In addition, we take you to Swayambhunath Stupa – the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hilltop also nick-named as monkey temple. Finally, we come to Kathmandu Durbar Square, observe Kumari Temple (living goddess temple), Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak streets and more.

Your exciting city tour finishes in the evening. You take a delicious dinner and take a rest collecting energy for the upcoming adventure.

 

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

Today, catch a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar – the edge of the Indian plains. After 35 minutes, you land at Biratnagar airport and we transfer you to the hotel. In the evening, you can explore the plains, local attractions and markets in Biratnagar.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

Today, we fly from Biratnagar to the airstrip at Suketar in Taplejung. You meet your local porters, pack your backpacks and are ready to trek to Lali Kharka.

First of all, we follow the trail through the rhododendron forest and cross Surke Danda (Hill). After that, we descend passing through dense forest and reach Lali Kharka. Overnight, we stay at Lali Kharka.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

From Lali Kharka, we continue following the trail down to Simbu villages. Next, we cross a suspension bridge over the Phewa Khola. Then, we climb up to Kunjari – a Limbu village.

Ahead, we keep on going upwards passing through Sinchewa Bhanjyang ridge. Finally, we reach Sinchewa and stay here overnight.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

On this 6th day, our trek strolls through terraced farmland and passes from many traditional villages above the Kabeli Khola (stream). Further, we walk through dense forests and pass high waterfalls. Finally, we reach Phumphe after crossing the Khesewa Khola.

Overnight, we stay at Phumphe.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

From Yamphudin, we follow the route between ridges and rivers. Also, we trek through traditional Limbu and Rai villages.

Completing a long upward trek, we reach Yamphudin valley – a prosperous agricultural village. Yamphudin is the checkpoint for trekking permits to enter the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.

Overnight, we stay at Yamphudin.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

Today, we cross the river and climb steeply through dense forest to the crest of the Dhupi Bhanjyang (2,540m/8,333ft). You can observe numerous peaks to the east (all over 4,000m/13,120ft) line the border with Sikkim. From the summit, we go down to the Amji Khola.

We set up a camp here and stay overnight at Amji Khola.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

On this day, we cross the river and start trekking through dense forest to the crest of the Deurali Danda (Hill) at Lamite Bhanjyang (3,310m/10,860ft). Then, we descend to the Simbuwa Khola (from the Yarlung Glacier) passing through a forest. Then, we follow the track up the river to a bridge that crosses it just below the old-fashioned village of Tortong.

Overnight, we stay at Tortong.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

We trek up via the riverside trail and dense forests to Tseram – a summer pasture settlement for herds from Yamphudin or lower regions. When you reach Tseram, enjoy the spectacular views of the Yalung Glacier moraine, Rathong and the Kabru peaks.

Overnight, we stay here at Tsera.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

Today, our trail goes up slowly towards Ramche. Passing through Yak pastures, crossing old mani walls and Monastery, we reach Yarlung glacier. Continuing further, we come at Ramche – a flat beautiful valley.

We set up a camp here and stay overnight.

 

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

From Ramche, we follow the path up to the South Base Camp Viewpoint. From Ramche, we follow the trail up slowly from the Ramche valley to around a sweeping curve before climbing onto the moraine.

On the way, you observe the spectacular views of the huge south face of Kangchenjunga which appears to dominate the entire skyline. This point extends about a kilometer south of the Tso Glacier (Oktang) and borders between Nepal and Sikkim.

From the South Base Camp, we retrace towards Yarlung Bara and then head west for the final climb to the small lake, Chukkung Pokhari on the Ghunsa trail.

Overnight, we stay at Chukkung Pokhari.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

Today, we trek from Chukkung Pokhari  to Ghunsa. In between, we cross Sinelapche La (4,724m/15,500ft), Mirgin La (4,663/15,300ft), Sinion La (4,660m/15,290ft), Sele La (4,115m/13,500ft) and Tamo La (3,900m/12,796ft).

Finally, we reach Ghunsa (3,595m/11,794ft). Overnight, we stay at Ghunsa.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

Accomplishing 14 days trek, today, we take rest at Ghunsa – an attractive Tibetan village with farmsteads spread out in wood-enclosed fields.

On this day, we visit the monastery (belonging to the Khampa Dzong monasteries of Tibet) on the edge of the village. We also hike up the Yamatari Khola, along the Lapsang La trail. Also, you can observe locally made Tibetan carpets.

We, again, spend this second night here at Ghunsa.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

On this day, we follow the trail north of Ghunsa down to the Ghunsa Khola. Further, we cross a sandy, boulder-strewn valley and above the west bank to Rambuk Kharka. Ahead, we climb steeply and pass the exciting muzzle of the Khumbakarna (Jannu) Glacier on the opposite side of the valley.

From the snout of the Glacier, we drop to Kambachen which offers magnificent views of several peaks including Jannu (7,710m/25,295ft).

Overnight, we stay and take a rest at Kambachen.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

We trek from Kambachen to Lhonak. Passing via desolate landscape and rivers, we reach summer-pastoral huts at Ramtang. Further, walking along the riverbed of Ghunsa Khola and passing by summer grazing meadows, we reach Lhonak.

Overnight, we stay and take a rest here at Lhonak.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

On this day, we follow the trail along Kanchenjunga Glacier eastwards. Pang Pema lies opposite the head of the glacier. You can enjoy spectacular views of the vast north face of the Kanchenjunga Mountain and other peaks. Even we enjoy some glimpses of Tibet. Overnight, we stay and take a rest here at Pang Pema.

 

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

This is the second rest and exploration day. Today, we take a rest as well as explore the areas at Pang Pema and with the jaw-dropping scenes of the pristine mountains.

From Pang Pema, we ascend the lower slopes of Drohma Ri (5,500m/18,045ft) behind the camp for better views of the mountain – at sunrise. Ahead, we walk along the Langpo moraine to the Corner Camp for better views of Pyramid Peak and other massifs. We spend another night at Pang Pema.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

Today, we start tracing back to our trek. From Pang Pema, we head back towards Lhonak slowly. Enjoying beautiful natural scenes on the way, we stroll down to Kambachen.

Overnight, we stay and take arrest at Kambachen.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

On this day, we keep on retracing back to our previous trails. From Kambachen, we go down to Ghunsa and have lunch here. Ahead, we walk through dense forest with pheasants, cross the river below the village and continue downstream beside the Ghunsa Khola. After passing by farmland, we reach Phale – the Tibetan summer grazing village and we can visit the wooden gompa here.

Overnight, we stay and take a rest at Phale.

 

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

Our tails keep on going down. We trek passing through the rhododendron forest and continue going down to the valley. We cross numerous streams and waterfalls on the trail. Finally, we reach Gyabla – the last Tibetan village.

Ahead, we drop to Amjilosa and stay overnight here.

 

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

From Amjilosa, we start going down steeply to Sekathum – the convergence of the Ghunsa Khola and Tamur Khola. After that, we follow the Tamur Khola’s western bank and cross a suspension bridge across the Simbuwa Khola, which comes in from the Yarlung Glacier through Tortong.

At last, we reach Chirwa and stay overnight here.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

We descend above the east bank of the Tamor Khola to Thiwa village – an exit point from the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.

Next, we head up towards Tawa, over a ridge before dropping into a side canyon to cross the Tawa Khola. We pass Malbase village and reach Linkhim. Overnight, we stay at Linkhim.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

The route weaves in and out of side canyons from Linkhim to Limbu village, Phurumbu, and a peak viewing a massive landslide before Jogidanda. A last 3-4 hour ascend via the Sherpa settlements of Bung Kulung and Bhote Gaun leads to the Suketar airstrip.

Before saying goodbye to your trekking group, we celebrate with a farewell supper.

Overnight, we spend a night at Suketar taking a rest.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

Taking an early warm breakfast, we fly from Suketar to Biratnagar. When we land at Biratnagar, we again catch a domestic flight to Kathmandu. In 35 minutes, we land at TIA and transfer you to our hotel.

You can take a rest or explore the streets and markets in Kathmandu. Even you can enjoy various cuisines at different restaurants in Thamel – the No. 1 tourist city in Nepal.

 

 

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

On this final day, offering you a delicate breakfast, we transfer to the Tribhuvan International airport via our private transportation. We bid a happy ‘Goodbye’ to you and wish you a safe flight.

  • Hikking Info: 26
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft.

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