26 DAYS
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking
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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.

Itinerary

Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. You can take rest and roam around the Thamel district.
We spend the day visiting different tourist sites in Kathmandu. The guided tour will take you to the following: – Pashupatinath: It is a holy site for Hindus all over the world. The pagoda-styled temple of Lord Shiva is visited by thousands every year. – Boudhanath Stupa: An important pilgrim site for Buddhists and Hindus, it is one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. - Swoyambhunath Temple: Another famous holy site, it is also called the Monkey temple. – Kathmandu Durbar Square is also famous for its cultural and architectural temples and palaces.
We take a morning flight (45 minutes long) to Bhadrapur and then drive to Ilam. Ilam is famous as Nepal’s largest tea plantation area. From Ilam, we drive for hours to reach Taplejung where we spend our second night.
From Taplejung onward, we trek along the lush green mid-hills of Nepal along rivers and steep ridges. We pass through traditional villages with mud houses, paddy fields, fruit trees, and terraced farms. We walk down to Tamur River and follow it upstream through some remote villages. After a while, we reach the Tamang village of Sinuwa where we stay overnight.
After the village, the valley narrows and we pass through landslide debris and boulders. Then we descend to Thiwakhola and cross it over a wooden bridge. After a few up and down trails, we reach the Chiruwa market. From there, we will again follow Tamur River to finally get to Taplethok.
On this day, after climbing a spur we descend to SimbuaKhola. We cross the bridge over the river formed by the Yalung glacier. After another ridge, we reach GhunsaKhola Valley. Once we reach the confluence of Tamur and GhunsaKhola, we walk for a while and set up camp beside the river.
From Sakathum, we trek northeast along the banks of GhunsaKhola. We gain altitude as we move towards Kanchenjunga Base camp. The trek passes through exposed terrain with steep, uphill climb to Amjilosa. It is a Tibetan village where we stay overnight.
We will pass through rhododendron and bamboo forests. After an ascent, we will come across a big waterfall on the side of the river which points to our destination Gyable, one of the best places with gorgeous views of the surrounding.
From Gyable, the trail crosses a large meadow, a village, and a hill. Then, we descend and cross a river to reach the village of Gunsa. Gunsa is a large Tibetan village with wooden houses, a school, a health post, and a micro hydropower plant. It also has Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and few Gompas where people share their travel stories. We stay in the largest and last village of the valley.
For the acclimatization, we hike to the other side of the river to gain about 400m elevation. It takes about 4 hours for the roundtrip. Rest of the day we explore the picturesque Tibetan village and get acquainted with its people.
From Ghunsa, we move through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests, along the south bank of GhunsaKhola, with many chortens and Mani walls. After crossing various slopes and glacial moraines, we finally reach Khambachen. It is a small Tibetan settlement with around a dozen houses surrounded by mountains. We stay here overnight.
Once we reach the source of GhunsaKhola, we will stay to the north of Kanchenjunga glacier. We will hike along a plateau past Lhonak glacier to reach Lhonak. Despite the cold and high elevation, the breathtaking views of Wedge peak, Mera peak, Nepal peak, and Twins will mesmerize us. We will spend the night in Lhonak.
Leaving Lhonak, we will go east following the same glacier on the northern ridges to reach KBC. It is also called Pang Pema, with beautiful mountain views. We will head back to Lhonak to spend the night in lower elevation.
We will retrace our steps back to Ghunsa, where we will spend the night.
We follow a steep, rocky trail through a forest that emerges at High Camp. The Sele la Kharka is just above the high pass where we spend the night.
It is one of the most exciting days of the trek as we walk through two passes: Sele La pass (4480m) and Sinion La (4660m). After the final pass, we descend for about 1000m to reach Tseram where we stay the night.
From Tseram, we pass through the snout of Yalung Glacier into an eroded valley. The peaks of this region span the Nepal- India border. There is a lake and a meadow in Ramche. Blue sheep can also be seen on the grassy slopes. From Ramche, we move through rocky trails and moraines to finally reach Oktang Glacier. From, there we trace the trail back to Ramche.
From Ramche, we trace our steps back to Tseram where we spend the night.
We descend through SimbuwaKhola as we retrace our steps. As the descent is easier, we get enough time to admire the surrounding views and orchids in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. We pass through Toronton and then reach LamiteBhanjyang, below Amjikhola. We stay there overnight.
We travel through LamiteBhanjyang which is basically a dense forest of pine trees. We will be accompanied by the singing birds throughout. We cross the AmjiKhola and then descend to Yamphudin where we spend the night.
We make a descend on this day as we walk along the KabeliKhola. There are waterfalls of various sizes throughout the trail. We finally reach Phumphe. We stay here overnight.
From Phumphe, we first climb a ridge and then descend through a series of side valleys past Phun village. After we reach Kesawa, we ascend to Bhanjyang which is a Gurung settlement. From here, the trail traverses a ridge and descends to Kunjari, a Limbu village. We stay the night here on the banks of PhaKhola.
It is the last day of trekking as we go to Suketar of Taplejung. It involves more climbing than descends and hence is an exhausting day. We stay overnight in Taplejung.
On this day, we take a long drive to Birtamod of Bhadrapur. We stay in Birtamod for the night.
We take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. We can enjoy the evening in Thamel, a popular tourist hub.
We will bid you farewell at Tribhuvan International Airport. We welcome you to explore the naturally and culturally gifted Nepal again.

Services

Cost Includes

 
  • 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.
 

Cost Excludes

 
  • 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.

Equipments

General

  • 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)
  •  Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • A pair of half gloves
  • The warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hand

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Feet

  • 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
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

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.)

Extra things

  • 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.

Transportation:
 
We provide your private car for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour to Kathmandu the very next day after your arrival. Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and back to Kathmandu is also included whereas you will be traveling by jeep from Bhadrapur-Suketaar.

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
  • Passport
  • Copies of Document
  • Map & Travel Guide
  • First Aid Kids
  • GPS-Altimeter
  • 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.

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Duration
Duration
26 Days
Season
Season
Autumn/Spring
Region
Region
Kanchenjunga Region
Grade
Grade
Advance
Altitude
Altitude
5,143m
Walking
Walking
5-6 hrs
Accommodation
Accommodation
Tea-house/Camping
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Duration
Duration
26 Days
Season
Season
Autumn/Spring
Region
Region
Kanchenjunga Region
Grade
Grade
Advance
Altitude
Altitude
5,143m
Walking
Walking
5-6 hrs
Accommodation
Accommodation
Tea-house/Camping
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