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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking

Kanchenjunga Region
Trip Grade
Hard
Trip Type
Trekking
Maximum Elevation
5360 M
Accomodation
Camping/Lodge
Destination
Kanchenjunga Region
Best Time
Oct-Nov/March-May
Trip Start
Suketar
Trip Ends
Suketar

Overview

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking

Explore the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking, an amazing adventure to both North and South Base Camps of the world’s third-highest mountain. Nestled in the far eastern part of the Nepal Himalayas, this trek offers isolation, rich biodiversity, and stunning scenery. It’s a chance to encounter real wilderness and discover the mountain villages with ancient culture.

Start your trek by flying to Biratnagar from Kathmandu and then driving to Basantapur or, you can start from Suketar. The journey begins in the tropical lowlands with a mix of culture and geography. As you climb into the alpine wilderness, visit traditional villages like Chiruwa, Gyabla, and Ghunsa. Cross high passes like Selele Pass (4480m) and Sinon La (4645m), reaching Kanchenjunga North Base Camp before crossing passes to the South Base Camp (8586m). Look out for wildlife like the mountain goat, red panda, and snow leopard.

The trek package offers views of stunning snow-capped mountains like Mt Jannu (7711m), Okthang (6148 m), and Rathong (6682m), along with insights into Rai and Limbu lifestyles.

Best times to visit are September to November and March to May. Physical fitness and previous trekking experience are essential. Our company has years of experience arranging Kanchenjunga Circuit Treks, ensuring your accommodation, transportation, permits, and all necessities are taken care of.


Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking Cost

As we know Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking longer than other trekking in Nepal and it’s far of the central Nepal. While it takes more days so, surely the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking will cost higher than usual trekking destination. Obviously, this Kanchenjunga Trek costs expensive according to service such as the standard of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Sightseeing activities in the Kathmandu Valley, numbers of porters, assistant-guide and guide, the cost of various kinds of trekking permit of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking. As it is a controlled area like Manaslu Trekking, Upper Mustang Trekking and Dolpo Trekking, we have to ask for special trekking permit of Kanchenjunga Trek, National Park Entry permit, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permit etc. will cause of expensive trekking cost. Not only these phenomena, we need travel in airplane from Kathmandu to Biratnagar round trip. Land transportation from Biratnagar to Trekking starting spot, will take cost. We just can say now- Let’s know about total program to do. Then we, the Glacier Family Treks & Expedition will calculate the total cost in detail.


Kanchenjunga Trekking Permits

To trek in the Kanchenjunga region, you will need to obtain the special trekking permits. Here are the permits required for Kanchenjunga Trekking:

  • Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit:
  • USD:20.00 per person/week during the first 4 week.
  • USD:25.00 per person/week after the first 4 weeks.

The Kanchenjunga region is designated as a restricted area by the Nepalese government. Therefore, you need to obtain a Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit. This permit can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency- Glacier Family Treks & Expedition (WhatsApp:+9779818727219 or email: info@glacierfamilytreks.com) in Nepal, and you must be accompanied by a licensed guide to enter the restricted area.


  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP): USD:30.oo per person.

The Kanchenjunga region falls under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, a protected area established to conserve the natural and cultural heritage of the region. To enter this conservation area, you need to obtain a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP).


  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card: USD20.00 per person. 

The TIMS card is required for all trekkers in Nepal, including the Kanchenjunga region. It is a trekking information management system designed to maintain records of trekkers for safety and security purposes. To obtain this TIMS Card, all trekkers should join with local authorized trekking company- Like Glacier Family Treks & Expedition P LTD.

It’s important to note that the Kanchenjunga Trek permits are subject to certain fees, and the regulations and requirements may change over time. It is advisable to consult with our agency or check with the appropriate authorities for the most up-to-date information regarding permits and their procedures. Acquiring the necessary permits ensures that you can legally and responsibly enjoy the Kanchenjunga Trekking experience while contributing to the conservation efforts in the region.


Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Difficulty

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking is renowned for its challenging and adventurous nature. High mountain passes and varied altitudes will consider the level of difficulty. The trail  provides demanding ascents and descents. Trekkers should be prepared for strenuous paths. The altitude adds another layer of challenge. So, all trekkers need proper acclimatization and physical fitness. However, the breathtaking beauty of the Kanchenjunga Massif, the pristine landscapes and the cultural encounters make us be happy!


Best time for Kanchenjunga Trek

March to May and September to November are the best time for Kanchenjunga Treking. These seasons have the best weather for a great trekking experience.

In spring, the weather warms up in Kanchenjunga. The nice daytime temperatures and cooler nights. The skies are clear for the views of snowy peaks and beautiful landscapes. The rhododendron forests bloom with colorful flowers. Spring is less crowded than autumn, so you can enjoy a peaceful trek.

Autumn is also a fantastic time for Kanchenjunga trekking. The weather is stable with mild temperatures, and sometimes little rain. The visibility is excellent for the views of the mountains and valleys. The trekking trails will be well marked and dry. Autumn is also a time for local festivals so, you will have a chance to experience it.

Both spring and autumn offer ideal conditions for trekking. You will get full enjoyment during the trekking.


Is Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek difficult?

Yes, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is considered difficult. It’s challenging terrain and often ascents-descents with high altitudes. The trek requires a good level of physical fitness. The high altitude also causes the challenges and the risk of altitude sickness.


How long is Kanchenjunga base camp Trek?

The trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, also known as Pangpema Base Camp, can vary in duration depending on the specific route taken and the trekker’s pace. On average, the trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp takes around 20 to 25 days. This duration includes the time required for acclimatization, rest days, and exploration of the surrounding areas. The trek covers a total distance of approximately 150 to 200 kilometers, starting from the trailhead in villages such as Taplejung or Suketar. It involves ascending through various landscapes, crossing high passes, and passing through remote villages, eventually reaching the base camp.


Is it possible to do lodge trek in Kanchenjunga?

Yes, it is possible to do a lodge trek in the Kanchenjunga Circuit. The infrastructure  has improved than before, and a number of lodges and teahouses have been established. These lodges offer basic facilities such as rooms with beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms. It is recommended to have some flexibility in your itinerary and be prepared for the possibility of staying in more basic accommodations. Hiring a guide or trekking with an organized trekking company can be beneficial.


For faster and more information regarding Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking, let us know by-

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Email: info@glacierfamilytreks.com

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Itinerary

The trip begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Our company representative will welcome you at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel for your overnight stay.

While we prepare the necessary permits required for this trek, you can do some sightseeing inside the valley. Our company van will take you to some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu and will make stops at authentic Nepali eateries for lunch and dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Early flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. From Bhadrapur, you’ll take a drive to a place called Suketar. This is where your trekking journey will start.

Start your trek from Suketar to a place called Sinuwa. The trail goes through thick forests and sometimes opens up to show beautiful views of valleys. After about 5 to 6 hours of walking, you’ll reach a small village called Sinuwa.

Today, you’ll walk deeper into the wild. You’ll pass through green forests and alongside gentle streams. The path sometimes goes up and down, making it a bit of a challenge. At the end of about 5 to 6 hours of walking, you’ll arrive at a place called Chiruwa where you can rest.

As you keep walking, You’ll see different plants and animals. You’ll even cross bridges that swing in the air, making you feel like an adventurer. After a few hours of walking, you’ll reach a cozy village named Sakathum, which is 1,575 meters high.

Walk from Sakathum to Amjilosa. The path goes through colorful forests. You’ll also cross small streams. After about 5 to 6 hours of walking, you’ll arrive in Amjilosa.

The path starts to go uphill as you make your way to a place called Gyable. The views around you will keep changing, and you’ll walk for about 5 to 6 hours.

Today, you’ll get closer to the huge Himalayan mountains. After walking for about 4 to 5 hours, you’ll reach Gunsa, a village surrounded by tall mountains.

It’s important to rest and get used to the high altitude. Spend the day exploring Gunsa and learning about the local way of life.

Feeling refreshed, you’ll continue your journey towards a place called Kambachen. The path goes through rocky landscapes and you’ll reach an altitude of 4,050 meters after walking for about 5 to 6 hours.

As you get closer to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the surroundings will change to rocky and icy terrain. You’ll arrive in Lhonak after about 4 hours of walking.

This is a big day! You’ll trek to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp at an altitude of 5,140 meters. You’ll be surrounded by gigantic mountains. After spending time there, you’ll return to Lhonak, making it a 6 to 7 hour trek.

Leaving the Base Camp far behind us, you’ll make your way back to Gunsa. It will be a 6 to 7 hour walk.

Today, you’ll walk to a place called Selele and cross a mountain pass. It takes about 5 to 6 hours.

You’ll continue your trek to Tseram, walking for about 7 to 8 hours.

The path will take you to Tortong, with its changing landscapes. It will be a 7 to 8 hour trek.

You’ll arrive at a village called Yamphudin after about 5 to 6 hours of walking.

Walking for about 6 to 7 hours, you’ll experience the local culture as you reach Mamankhe.

You’ll continue your trek to Khesewa, walking for about 6 to 7 hours.

As you get closer to the end, you’ll walk to Lalikharka in about 5 to 6 hours.

You’ll complete the trek circuit as you reach Suketar after 5 to 6 hours of walking.

You’ll say goodbye to the mountains and drive to Bhadrapur. You’ll spend the night there.

You’ll take a flight back to Kathmandu and return to your hotel, reflecting on your amazing journey.

You’ll leave Kathmandu, carrying with you memories of the incredible adventure.

What's Include in Cost

    • Airport pick up and drive according to itinerary and plan.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu as per program.
    • Cultural guide and private vehicle during the sightseeing.
    • Monument entrance fees during the visit in Kathmandu according as per program.
    • Kanchenjunga special trekking permit.
    • Kanchenjunga Conservation permit.
    • TIMS cards: Trekking Information Management System.
    • Food and accommodation during the trekking: B/L/D.
    • Hot drinks- Teak, Coffee, during the trek.
    • Domestic flight tickets: Kathmandu to Biratnagar and Bhadrapur to Kathmandu for participants and guides.
    • Land transplantation as per itinerary.
    • Porters and guide with their wages, transportation.
    • Insurance for local staffs: Guide, Porter and assistant.
    • High altitude chamber as per requirement.
    • Local airport tax and land transportation according to program.
    • Applicable Nepal government tax.

What's Excluded in Cost

    • Nepal entry visa.
    • International flights and airport tax.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Personal expenses, Hot or Mineral water
    • Laundry service and Bar Bills
    • Internet and Battery charge
    • Alcoholic drinks with mineral water.
    • Rescue in emergency.

Fixed Departure

SNo.0 Date From To
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2 05/10/2024 Kathmandu Kathmandu Enquiry This

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FAQ

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

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