Kanchenjunga Circuit trek (Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek from North) - 25days

A trek through virgin high-himalayala terrain, fresh raw adventure, go to visit feet of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek offer incredible unforgettable experience.

Kanchenjunga(8586m) is the third highest peak in the World. The word Kanchenjunga comes from the Tibetan word symbolizes its five peaks as gold, silver, precious stones, grain, and holy scriptures. This is the one of the unexplored trekking route located at the eastern part of Nepal. Trekking in Kanchenjunga offers wonderful snow-capped mountains, Landscape and exotic scenic view of the Himalayas. We enjoy different types of small and high snowy peak such as Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt.Makalu (8201m) and Mt. Lhotse (8516m), etc. Kanchenjunga is protected under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project hosts many endangered species of birds like Impedance pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, amphibians, and animals like elusive snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, red panda and many more.

We can visit Kanchenjunga through two routes, either the Northern Base Camp or the Southern Base Camp. The remoteness and wilderness of the region make it difficult to cover both Northern and Southern camp on the same trip. But, we can do it by adding an extra day. The North Base Camp is more adventurous. It is rich in wildlife and vegetation than the South Base Camp that reaches up to Oktang. Kanchenjunga trek is a special and unforgettable destination because of its landscape, an amazing topography of the land. If you are someone seeking peace in nature, this route will be perfect for you. As the trek commences, you will witness the slow change in the landscape. This route encompasses Himalayan coniferous forests, alpine shrub, meadows, and grasslands. This challenging adventure gives you plenty of adventurous and amazing memory to cherish for a lifetime. We can see massive wildlife during the trekking such as snow Leopard, Musk deer, Red Panda many more. Kanchanjunga Circuit trek will provide us to observe remote Nepali cultures, foods, and lifestyle in its tradition of the local inhabitants, magnificent views of the frozen lake crystal clear stream, Okthan glacier, an amazing ascend of Rathong and Kabru, glacial excursion around Ramche etc are the best point view of the Kanchenjunga trekking trail.

Our 27 day Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek begins with the scenic flight to Suketar. From Suketar we trek to Mitlung, Sukhathum and reach to Sherpa village of Ghunsa. The trails at the lower sections pass through fertile valleys with beautiful pastures, villages of Limbu people, cardamom fields and dense forests. After a day of acclimatization at Ghunsa, we trek further north along the river bank our magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows full with wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forest and reach to Nuphchu River valley area. We go further up towards Lhonak and along the Kanchenjunga Glacier to Pangpema, Kanchenjunga Base Camp on the north side. Here we can enjoy the spendor of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal. Then we retrace back to Kambachen, Ghunsa. We cross several passes Sinion La, Mirgin La, and Sinelapche Bhanjyang and make a steep descent to Cheram continuing to Oktang monastery. We move down to Sukathum, Phurumbo and to Ilam-Bhadrapur for a scenic flight to Kathmandu.

We always try to keep our guests happy and satisfied, therefore we manage well-behaving friendly human resources, with the best cook, serving tasty foods to our valuable guests. We are waiting for you to join us for such an exciting and unforgettable trip.

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Highlights

  • Experience the colourful cultures & Traditions of Eastern Nepal People
  • Visit Pangpema, the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp
  • Experience of glacier walks on routes in Yalung Glacier
  • Trek through dense rhododendron, Pine, and Oak forests 
  • Remarkable views of Kanchenjunga Range, Rathong, Jannu and Kabru range
  • Home to plentiful wildlife rare species like red panda, blood pheasant, Asian black bear and many more

Itinerary

01

Day 01

Scenic flight to Biratnagar (81m/265ft. ) and drive to Taplejung (1820m/5971ft. ), fly 50min+6hr drive

We fly to Biratnagar and drive a jeep to Taplejung, from where a magnificent trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp starts and is the large settlement of Limbu people. The journey to Taplejung is the scenic drive offers the glimpse of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu. We get to see pasture land and small villages. The name Taplejung is derived from the name Taple and the word jung. Taple was the medieval Limbu king who used to rule the area and Jung in the Limbu language means fort. Literally, Taplejung means Fort of King Taple. Taplejung is a bustling town with narrow streets.
Overnight at hotel

02

Day 02

Trek to Mitlung (921m/3021ft. ), 4-5hr walk

Leaving Taplejung behind the broad trail steadily and take a gradual steep descends towards the Tamur and Mitlung. The path continues through large cardamom plantations and several small communities before reaching the river at Mitlung.
Overnight at teahouse

03

Day 03

Trek to Chirwa (1270m/4166ft. ), 5-6hr walk

Leaving Mitlung the trail is reduced to single track footpath winding between the paddies, cardamom plantations and barely fields. After passing approximately one hour there is abridge spanning the Sisne Khola. Crossing the bridge and continuing along the eastern bank of Tamur river we reach Sinwa bazaar. Sinwa bazaar is a small market and we will see Limbus settlement, high school, hospitals, and a police checkpoint. We continue to follow Tamor River for one and half hours and stop at Tawa village for lunch. After lunch, we walk on a zigzag path for about 1 hour that leads to Thiwa Village after that we make a climb before crossing a suspension bridge at Thiwa. The upper path climbs higher before descends into Chirwa.
Overnight at teahouse

04

Day 04

Trek to Sukethum (1585m/5200ft. ), 5-6hr walk

The trail follows the Tamur valley all day to Sukathum. The trail passes through a varied landscape, we trek uphill and downhill passing dense forest. After a couple of hours, we arrive at Taplethok where our trekking permit will be checked and doorway to Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. We traverse the suspension bridge over the river and walk on the west bank along with the cardamom farm. After crossing the Khakshwa Khola the easy path goes around the hillside above Temewa. The trail passes the Simbuwa Khola and the path arrives at the bridge across to Sukethum.
Overnight at teahouse

05

Day 05

Trek to Amjilosa (2395m/7857ft. ), 6-7hr walk

The day gets tough as the route climbs higher on a narrow trail. The Tamur is left behind as the route follows more imposing canyon-like gorge of the Ghunsa Khola. We continue our trek crossing a suspension bridge and enter dense forests of bamboo trees, Utis trees and varied types of trees. We then cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Jaubari. You can see a beautiful waterfall here. We continue to follow Ghunsa Khola that takes you to Lamatar where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we walk through the zigzag trail and enter into dense forests. After that, we cross one more suspension bridge and gradually ascend around 2hr of walk through straight trails will take us to our camp at Amjilosa.
Overnight at teahouse

06

Day 06

Trek to Gyabla (2730m/8956ft. ), 5-6hr walk

Leaving Amjilosa behind we trek from the river bank all the way through thick bamboo and rhododendron forest to traverse the ridge. Then we walk down on the way to Ghunsa Khola where we will see many houses made up of stones. Walk further through several ascend and descend after a short climb before passing a large waterfall. Eventually, we will arrive at Gyabla after a steep ascent. Gyabala is a beautiful village with a Tibetan settlement where we overnight here.
Overnight at teahouse

07

Day 07

Trek to Ghunsa (3420m/11220ft. ), 5-6hr walk

We descend down the river as the valley widens. The trail passes through rhododendron, camellias and azaleas, bamboo and cardamom. We will reach Phole, Tibetan settlement where you can buy handicrafts handmade by the locals and visit the monastery. Leaving the village, we trek further through pine forest to Ghunsa. Ghunsa is a charming Tibetan village; prayer flags flutter from the wooden houses and there are two monasteries, a welcome sight after the many days of wilderness.
Overnight at teahouse

08

Day 08

Acclimatisation day at Ghunsa

We will spend a day in Ghunsa for acclimatizing and explore the village. A day hike will be organized to a close-by monastery called Lapsang La Pass. From the pass, we will see the beautiful view of Ghunsa peak and several other unnamed peaks. We will hike towards the Laspsan-La monastery through the lush green forest. We will return back and get some rest, we will stay overnight in Ghunsa.
Overnight at teahouse

09

Day 09

Trek to Kambachen (4050m/13287ft. ), 6-7hr walk

We trek along the river bank heading towards the north; the trail offers us amazing views of the mountain. As we continue trekking we pass through meadows with wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forests. Trekking further we reach Rampuk Kharka where we cross a bridge and continue passing the waterfall and a landslide. As we cross the landslide area we will get to see a view of Mt. Jannu. Soon we will arrive at Khambachen which is the Tibetan settlement consist of dozen houses situated in a grassy plain area surrounded by magnificent mountain. We will see an incredible backdrop of the enormous north face of Jannu. We traverse many suspension bridges above the river and go by waterfalls to reach Kambachen.
Overnight at teahouse

10

Day 10

Acclimatisation Day at Kambachen

We will explore around Kambachen and climb a ridge behind the village and view the beautiful mountains. We will observe the incredible vistas Jannu Himalayan range. There are large boulder and plenty of prayer flags to mark a viewpoint.
Overnight at teahouse

11

Day 11

Trek to Lhonak (4780m/15682ft. ), 6-7hr walk

The trail ascends through open rocky fields to Ramtang and then traverses moraines North West of the Kanchenjunga Glacier to Lhonak. We will see magnificent views of Wedge Peak, Mera, Nepal Peak, and Twins. We will see blue sheep and Tibetan snowcock along the trail. We will see the spectacular view of Kambachen, its glacier and Kanchenjunga’s ice formations. Across the stream from the waterfall section, the trail climbs steeply to the top of the ancient lateral moraine, where the gradient eases cross some scrub and grass-covered moraine. On the farside Lhonak Khola, following seasonal bridge we reach Lhonak.
Overnight at teahouse

12

Day 12

Trek to Pang Pema (5388m/17677ft . ), 6-7hr walk

From Lhonak the trail is easy into the first hillocks of the ancient moraine. The path is easy up to a massive boulder on the right where a glacier can be viewed further over to the south. We trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier and trek through the rocky trail as there are possibilities of landslides. Trekking further from here we reach Pangema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, it is a flat grassy base camp. Walking a bit higher we will be offered with splendid views of Kanchenjunga, Chang Himal, Nepal Peak, and Tibetan Himalaya range. We will then descend back to Lhonak.
Overnight at teahouse

13

Day 13

Trek back to Kambachen (4050m/13287ft. ), 4-5hr walk

The trail is relatively easy. There is monster landslide before Kambachen. The walk down offers the chance to study the landslide. The southside of Wedge Peak is visible from Ramtang.
Overnight at teahouse

14

Day 14

Trek back to Ghunsa (3595m/11794ft. ), 5-6hr walk

We walk back along the same trail through Kambachento Ghunsa village.
Overnight at teahouse

15

Day 15

Trek to Sele Le Camp (4200m/13779ft. ), 5-6hr walk

The trail departs from Ghunsa by the school up beside the hydro pipes. There is a great view over Ghunsa in the dawn light around here. We trek on the steep trail as we pass through dense moss forest, rhododendron and juniper to Sele La pass. After 4hr there is a stream, flag, and view ahead up to a small col. An easy descent around the hillside and after a rocky zone we reach Sele Le Camp.
Overnight at teahouse

16

Day 16

Trek to Tseram (3870m/12696ft. ), 6-7hr walk

Today is the challenging and long trek as we will cross 3 passes. We begin to trek uphill enjoying the south side view of Jannu and Makalu Himal. We will view the Yalung range from Sinion La. We traverse Sinion La and followed by Mirgin La, Sinelapche Bhanjyang after crossing the passes we then make a steep descent to Tseram; it is a small settlement above Simbua Khola.
Overnight at teahouse

17

Day 17

Trek to Tortong (2995m/9826ft. ), 5-6hr walk

We take descend all the way through Tseram and walking all along the shaded rhododendron forest following the Simbuwa Khola to Tortong.
Overnight at teahouse

18

Day 18

Trek to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft. ), 6-7hr walk

After having breakfast the trail ascends steeply through mossy wooded area passing the landslide area. Then we arrive at Lamite Bhanjyang where we have a lunch break. We continue the trail that descends steeply to the Imja Khola and descends into Yamphudin. The village has a mixed community of Sherpas, Rais, Limbus, and Gurungs and consists of another Kanchenjunga Conservation Area office.
Overnight at teahouse

19

Day 19

Trek to Khebang (1915m/6282ft. ), 6-7hr walk

The trail descent through the forest, cardamom field and through the Limbu village lead us to Khebang village.
Overnight at teahouse

20

Day 20

Trek to Hapu Khola (1500m/4921ft. ), 5-6hr walk

The trek follows the spectacular path sky walking around the cliffs of the Kabeli Khola. Across the Kabeli river, the trail climbs on a Limbu staircase for a while and then generally contours around through field and houses. Hapu Khola, the settlement is ready a sleazy kind of haunt.
Overnight at teahouse

21

Day 21

Trek to Ilam (300m/984ft. ), 7-8hr walk

Crossing the Kabeli Khola bridge on the rough dirt road, a climb ensues to the road before Ganesh Chowk. From here, the road climbs with great views of Kanchenjunga and Jannu. After Phidim it's long high pass to climb with panoramic views. Then a series of ridges eventually lead down to Ilam.
Overnight at teahouse

22

Day 22

Scenic drive to Bhadrapur & scenic flight to Kathmandu

We will take a scenic drive to Bhadrapur through Nepal’s highway offering different beautiful landscapes. The drive with the beautiful view of villages, hills, and mountains, cardamom garden, the picturesque village can be seen on the way. After reaching Bhadrapur we will take a scenic flight to Kathmandu. After landing in Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the by relaxing or shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
Overnight at hotel

 

Location

 

 

Our Offer

We offer 3 packages: Basic, comfort & Full Board. Our Basic takes care of your trek, comfort include trek with your stay in Kathmandu along with all airport transfers personally while Full Board include entire meals in the mountains during the trek. Three can be flexibly adjusted to your requirements. 

Basic Offer

  • Trek with an English speaking govt licensed trekking guide
  • 1 porter (betn two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 24 kg; i.e. 12kg pP)
  • Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses as per the itinerary
  • Fight from Ktm to Biratnagar & Bhadrapur to Ktm
  • Duffel bag and trekking map
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation area permit, Special Permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu by the host family at Typical Nepali Cultural Restaurant
  • First aid medical kit, oxymeters to check pulse, heart rate & oxygen saturation carried by guide

Comfort Offer

As Basic and

  • 2N in 3* and 1N in 4* hotel in KTM on B/B plan as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]
  • Airport pick up & drop off personally

Full Board Offer

Price: Have a kindly make an enquiry for the Full Board tour cost. Because the cost depends on the meals chosen by you.

As Comfort and

  • Full board meals in the mountains during the trek

Group Discount:

There is a further discount for larger groups. Please contacts us for details at mytrek2nepal@gmail.com


Trek Duration:

The Trek duration can be shorten or extend depending on time and fitness.

Excluded Services

  • International Airfare to and from your country
  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days, two passport photographs required). For the further more information, have visit Nepal Immigration Department official website. 
  • Insurance - Following stated things must be submit while you do trips through (IHSA)
  • You must submit copy of your insurance certificate included standard policies that covers trekking activities up to 5000m
  • Your Insuarnce policy must cover accidents, medical expenses, and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue upto 5000m and it is excluded in the trip price
  • At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not
  • IHSA also recommends your insurance policy covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects
  • Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek
  • Tipping is a culture in Nepal and is expected by your staff (guides, porters, drivers)
  • Hot shower, wifi, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)
  • Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather-related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs, etc
  • Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring the following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality at a good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. Incapacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Information

+Additional porter: 

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take a small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.

+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category


Nepal Visas

You need a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15-day visa and £35 for a 30-day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entries. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. For further information, visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports, there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Travelers Insurance

While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit a copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.

Helicopter Evacuation

Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to an unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to a health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In many cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be covered in these cases.

Money and Gratuity

Gratuity is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to graduate their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Gratuity; it is best to bring a mixture of cash, USD, GBP, CAD, EUR. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 12 - 20 per meal in Kathmandu(if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

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Duration

22 days

Season

Sept - Nov & Mar - May

Region

Kanchenjunga Region

Grade

Medium to Hard

Altitude

81m - 5388m

Walking

5-6hr

Accommodation

Teahouse

Trip Type

Private & Group Join

Transportation

Private Vehicle & flight

Certificate of Excellence

Based of services & review

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