Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) is the third highest peak in the World and second Highest Peak in Nepal. This is one of the unexplored and virgin trekking routes located at the eastern part of Nepal.
The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek visits South and North Base Camp of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world and second highest Peak in Nepal at 8,586m. Due to the fact this is a remote area trekking, a good level of fitness and some trekking experience is suitable. Yet despite its remoteness, trekkers gain insight into peoples’ way of local life and can visit Ramtang and Oktang monasteries. On the way to trekking, the landscape is filled with waterfalls, rivers, green meadows, rhododendron, rivers, pine forest, and birch. The Yalung Glacier, and of course, visitors are accompanied on the trekking route by the majestic mountains.
Kanchenjunga itself lies in the far eastern part of Nepal, near the border with Sikkim, a tiny Himalayan state in the north-eastern side of India. Until the mid-1800 AD, it was thought Kanchenjunga was the highest peak in the world. This area was much closed to trekkers until the mid-1980. Today the Kanchenjunga region is protected by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and a special trekking permit is required. With these restrictions, the wonderful and unique flora and fauna of this area are still in pristine condition.
The trek incorporates common magnificence of the farmlands, conventional towns, valleys, and another scene. The customary individuals with their one of a kind societies and ways of life add to the social encounters. Sherpa, Limbu, Rai, Tamang, and other ethnic gatherings invite us with warm friendliness.
With regards to the mountains themselves, in addition to the main peak of Kanchenjunga, there are four subsidiary summits exceeding 8,000m, the most important being Kanchenjunga West, also known as Yalung Kang (8,505m). Also found in this area are approximately more than seventeen peaks exceeding 7,000m, the highest being Kambachen (7,903m), Janu (7,710m), Jongsong (7,483m), Kabru (7,353m), Tent Peak (7,365m) and the Twins (7,350m). In addition, there are numerous peaks over 6,000m. Between this impressive cluster of peaks are five major glacial systems. Of these, Zumu, Talung, and Rathong flow into Sikkim while to the west, the Kanchenjunga and Yulang Glacier flows into the mighty Tamor River of Nepal.
This just adds to the fact Trek in the Kanchenjunga circuit is an unforgettable experience where trekkers get right into the heart of the remote, less trekked, majestic Himalaya Mountains and beautiful valleys. With the recent addition to the trekking map of the Great Himalayan trekking Trail, tourism is being promoted in this, as well as other, remote areas so there is the opening up of more teahouses on this route. While this is positive for the local communities, now would be a good time to go to Kanchenjunga before more trekkers ‘discover’ the area!
The trek is set apart by tough trails, dissipated settlements, and storm deluges. The trek ventures to every part of the forested marshes and slopes to the mountains of the area.
Highlights of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking
- Mountains vistas including Kanchenjunga,
- Yalung glacier and other high passes
- Religious communities, chorten sanctuaries, and petition dividers
- Customary Sherpa towns with novel societies
- Himalayan Black Beer, Assamese Macaque, Musk deer, Red Panda, snow panthers, and different creatures
- Rhododendrons, orchids, lilies, primula, and different blooms.
- Airport pick up and drop by private car.
- One night Bhadarpur hotel with breakfast
- All tea house accommodation during the trek
- Three night's Kathmandu Hotel with Breakfast.
- Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
- Special Trekking permits, Conservation permits, and other required paper documents.
- Bus or public shared jeep transport Birtomood - Suketar and again same way back to Britamood after the trek.
- Round trip flight fare Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu) with airport tax and pick up and drop.
- A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
- Strong, helpful porters with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
- Free rental of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag and Walking Poles
- Sherpa Expedition and Trekking branded t-shirt.
- Guided city tour as per the above itinerary with private vehicles.
- Government taxes and official expenses.
- Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
- Assistant guide group size above 4+ people.
- Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu
- Nepal entry visa fee (easily issued upon your arrival at International Airport with 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar for a 30-day visa)
- Your Travel Mountain Rescue Insurance
- International airfare.
- Your personal expenses.
- Drinks (except water refills and tea/coffee during breakfast) and desserts, snacks
- Hot shower, battery charging and use of wifi on the tea houses.
- Tips for guide and driver (tipping is expected).
- Kathmandu sightseeing tour entrance fee.
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- The warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Good to Know
Hotel and Accommodation:
We offer you 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Lodge/Teahouses during the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with blankets and a pillow. All accommodation is on twin sharing basis except in the higher elevation or after Kambachen, you have to adjust in a homestay. Kanchenjunga trek is located in the remote areas so you may not have good restroom facilities or have to use a shared restroom. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team provide you down jackets, sleeping bag, and duffle bag (which need to be returned after the trek).
Meals and drink during the trek:
Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. Food along the Kanchenjunga circuit Trek is much like it is elsewhere in Nepal, with a heavy reliance on rice, lentils and vegetable curries. We suggest you bring water purification pill as you get to have normal water, and can use pills to purify water. You also have the option to buy bottled water in case if you do not want to have normal water.
Physical condition and past experience:
Kanchenjunga circuit trek is graded as highly challenging and a tough trek as we will be traveling in higher altitude for a long duration. This trek will be conducted in an undeveloped area where fewer infrastructures are to be found, the route gets precarious as it passes over a rockfall and streams. This trek follows all the way to remote areas and roads are normally narrow and may suffer from landslides, being extra careful is the only remedy towards it. Trekkers who have done any kind of trekking activities before making them easier to cope with higher elevation treks.
Things to not forget during your trek:
- Camel-back Water Bottle
- Copies of Document
- Map & Travel Guide
- First Aid Kids
- Flesh Light & Batteries
- Cell Phone & Charger
- Camera, Charger, Batteries & Cards
- Some Dry Foods / Chocolates
- Normal Insulation
- Raincoat (Personal) backpack
- Bath Towel
- Walking Track
- Bring Nepalese currency
Note: This trek itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide you. Kanchenjunga circuit trekking can be modified according to your time, budget and requirements. What we offer here is a tea house trek; this trek can be modified as camping trekking as well. Contact us for the latest updated information and price for camping trekking.