Kanchenjunga circuit trek is a restricted trekking area, but it still one of the famous best trek in Nepal which attracts trekkers to take up the challenge to trek the third world highest mountain.
Best season to trek at Kanchenjunga circuit will be in Autumn and Spring. You will be able to get the best mountain view during this season. Kanchenjunga circuit will take you to both base camps of Mt. Kanchenjunga which is south and North.
If you have not enough holidays for Nepal to do Kanchenjunga circuit, then you can do either Kanchenjunga South base camp trek or Kanchenjunga north base camp trek to experience trekking in Kanchenjunga region of Nepal.
Before you start your trekking adventure in Kanchenjunga circuit, make sure you have your physical training. Kanchenjunga circuit trek is one of the most extended treks in Nepal; it requires you to be in fit shape. You will need to prepare for the long hours of trekking mentally.
Your adventure of Kanchenjunga circuit trek will start with a flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur which is an industrial town. You will able to meet the Sherpa and Bhotias tribes along the way and experience the Buddhism culture and religion. The trek will lead to the highest camp at Pangpema.
The accommodation will mostly be in a tea house which is provided in a specific location. You will be able to experience local Nepali food. As Kanchenjunga is located in a remote area, it has lesser crowds and allows you to enjoy the unique insight into the rural Nepalese lifestyle.
The locals will be surprised to see trekkers since there is lower crowds compare to other treks such as Everest base camp trek. You will get a lot of attention from the tribe. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek will be a challenging adventure which you may not experience it in your lifetime.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Itinerary
|Day 01||Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur||920 m||1 hr|
|Day 02||Drive to Taplejung||1,840 m||6 hrs|
|Day 03||Taplejung to Chhirwa||1,270 m||7 hrs|
|Day 04||Chhirwa to Lelep||1,860 m||7 hrs|
|Day 05||Lelep to Amjilosa||2,400 m||9 hrs|
|Day 06||Amjilosa to Gyabla||2,700 m||4 hrs|
|Day 07||Gyabla to Gunsa||3,420 m||4 hrs|
|Day 08||Acclimatization day at Ghunsa||3,430 m||2 hrs|
|Day 09||Ghunsa to Kambachen||4,050 m||4 hrs|
|Day 10||Kambachen to Lhonak||4,750 m||4 hrs|
|Day 11||Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp(5,140m) and back to Lhonak||4,750 m||11 hrs|
|Day 12||Lhonak to Ghunsa||3,595 m||6 hrs|
|Day 13||Ghunsa to Sele Le||4,290 m||4 hrs|
|Day 14||Sele Le to Cheram||3,870 m||9 hrs|
|Day 15||Trek to Ramche, Trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp||4,580 m||7 hrs|
|Day 16||Ramche to Torongding||3,005 m||7 hrs|
|Day 17||Torongding to Yamphuding||2,080 m||8 hrs|
|Day 18||Yamphuding to Khebang||1,910 m||6 hrs|
|Day 19||Khebang to Khamdime||1,510 m||6 hrs|
|Day 20||Drive to Bhadrapur||920 m||6 hrs|
|Day 21||Fly back to Kathmandu||1,400 m||1 hr|
How To Reach Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek? Detail Itinerary
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur(920m) – 1 hour.
We will take 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. Beautiful views of mountains including Mt. Everest will provide a warm welcome for us. We will visit Bhadrapur, and we will enjoy Nepali food. Bhadrapur is in lower altitude so the temperature will be high. Stay overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Taplejung(1,840m) – 6 hours.
We will take early morning local bus from Bhadrapur today. The drive will take an entire day because it’s a busy road too. However, we can enjoy the beautiful views of the hills along the way. It takes approximately 8 hours to reach Taplejung. Overnight at Taplejung.
Day 03: Trek to Chhirwa(1,270m) – 7 hours.
The first day of our trekking starts from Taplejung. Today’s walk is easy. We will walk through the Tamur river. Along the way, we will cross the small farming village of Mitlung. Further, we will follow the trail that climbs towards beautiful village named Sinwa. After passing the suspension bridge at Tawa, we will reach Chiruwa. Overnight at Chiruwa.
Day 04: Trek to Lelep(1,860m) – 7 hours.
From Chiruwa we will start our today’s trek towards Lelep. Today’s trek will be 5 to 6 hour long, and along the way, we will pass through Tapethok Checkpoint before reaching Lelep. Overnight at Lelep.
Day 05: Trek to Amjilosa(2,400m) – 9 hours.
Trek from Lelep to Amjilosa is a short journey of 5 hours. The track is mostly slippery, so we need to wear a pair of boots and be careful on the way. The most of the culture and peoples of Amjilosa are Sherpa and Tibetan. Overnight at Amjilosa.
Day 06: Trek to Gyabla(2,70m) – 4 hours.
Today’s trek is easier. We will be walking through the dense forests filled with oak bamboos and rhododendron trees. There are no any villages on the way. Overnight at Gyabla.
Day 07: Trek to Gunsa(3,420m) – 4 hours.
We will start our trek after breakfast, and after walking for 3 hours, we will reach the village named Phole which is in half of the way between Gyabla to Gunsa, and it’s a Tibetan village. We will stop for lunch. It is the beautiful village. After walking for a further 3 hours, ae will reach Ghunsa. Overnight at Ghunsa.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa.
Ghunsa is a perfect place to rest. Ghunsa is also considered as the capital of Kanchenjunga region, and it is competitively more developed than other villages with accommodation telecommunications and good meals facilities. Today we will visit nearby ridge from where we can enjoy the beautiful view of Jannu Peak. Later we will be back at Ghunsa to stay.
Day 09: Trek to Kambachen(4,050m) – 4 hours.
After leaving Ghunsa, we will follow the trail that goes along the east bank of the river. After crossing the bridge at Rumpak Kharka, we continue our trek that passes through the sacred waterfall, which is also considered the danger of stone falls because of landslide affected area. We will cross as fast as we can. Finally, we will reach Kambachen. The altitude is increasing, so trails are also difficult. Overnight at Kambachen.
Day 10: Trek to Lhonak(4,750m) – 4 hours.
Our today’s trial goes along the north of the river. Along the way, we will cross Ramtang. From where we will pass through the village of Ghunsa until we reach Lhonak.
Day 11: Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp(5,140m) and back to Lhonak – 11 hours.
Today we will start our trek early morning to reach Pangpema which is the highest point of Kanchenjunga North Basecamp. It takes us around 3 hours to reach Pangpema from Lhonak. From where we can see the beautiful valley along with high mountains Chang Himal, Kirat Chuli, Kanchenjunga North Side and other surrounding peaks. As there is no space to stay, we will further trek down to Lhonak to stay overnight.
Day 12: Trek to Ghunsa(3,595m) – 6 hours.
We will leave Lhonak early in the morning. We will start trek downhill which is also not easy. Along the way, we will cross via Ramtang. And also on the way, we will have an opportunity to see some blue sheep trying to find foods. We will continue our trek until we reach Ghunsa. Overnight at Ghunsa.
Day 13: Trek to Sele Le(4,290m) – 4 hours.
Today we will take a trail used by local peoples daily through thick forests of pine rhododendron which is possibly covered by snow. We follow the path that goes along the south side. We will further walk until we reach Sele Le. Overnight ay Sele Le.
Day 14: Trek to Cheram(3,870m) – 9 hours.
We start our trek with a climb up towards Mirgin La Pass at 4480m from where we can see the magnificent view of Mt Makalu, Jannu, Baruntse, Kanchenjunga and the Himalayan range along Sikkim border. We will further climb towards Sinelpche La until we reach Cheram. Overnight at Cheram.
Day 15: Trek to Ramche(4,580m)(Trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp) – 7 hours.
Today we will start trek through alpine meadows and follow the lateral moraine of Yalung glacier. After trekking for a few hours, we will reach Ramche. From here we can see the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains And the evening sunlight spreads over the high snow-capped mountains will be our unforgettable experience. From Ramche we will further trek towards South Basecamp, and after short excursions at the base camps, we will be back at Ramche to stay overnight again.
Day 16: Trek to Torongding(3,005m) – 7 hours.
Today’s walk is more comfortable compared to before ones. We will walk through the Simbhua Khola and rhododendron and pine forests until we reach Torongding. We will walk around 7 hours today. Overnight at Torongding.
Day 17: Trek to Yamphuding(2,080m) – 8 hours.
We start our trek after crossing the bridge over Simbhua Khola, and we follow the trail towards Lasiya Bhanjyang. We will cross the river and continue trekking until we reach Yamphuding, a beautiful Sherpa village. Overnight at Yamphuding.
Day 18: Trek to Khebang(1,910m) – 6 hours.
Today we will start our trek after breakfast. We will be walking for approximately 6 hours today. We pass through the beautiful villages of Brahmin and Chettries until we reach Khebang. Overnight at Khebang.
Day 19: Trek to Khamdime(1,510m) – 6 hours.
Today last day of our trek we will take a enjoy of glimpse of Kanchenjunga range and the sunrise over mountains, and we will further trek down until we reach Khamdime. It takes 6 hours to reach Khamdime from Khebang. Overnight at Khamdime.
Day 20: Drive to Bhadrapur(920m) – 10 hours.
Today early morning we will take a bus from Khamdime to Bhadrapur. The 9 hours long drive provide us with the rewarding trip ending feelings. Overnight at Bhadrapur.
Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu(1,400m) – 1 hours.
Today we will take a flight back to Kathmandu after our trek has been finished. In clear weather, we can see the most impressive peaks of the Himalayan range. Overnight at Hotel.