Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration23 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging
  • Maximum Altitude5143 m / 16873 ft
  • ActivityRestricted Area Off The Beaten Trekking
  • Group Size1-15
  • StartsKathmandu
  • EndsKathmandu
  • Best SeasonMarch, April, May And September, October, November
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Highlights
  • Traverse through the Restricted Region and Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, 
  • First-hand experience of the unique culture of Limbu and Rai, along with a glimpse of the Kiran religion,
  • Views of the Himalayas like Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Yalung Kang, Mt. Kambachen, Mt. Janu, Mt. Jongsong, Mt. Kabru, Mt. Tent Peak and the Twins,Walk past the Glaciers,
  • Venture into the off-the-beaten-path of the Eastern Region,
  • Visit the century-old Monasteries - Ramtang Monastery and Oktang Monastery. 

Venture into the adventurous and off-the-beaten trail on 22 Nights and 23 Days Trek to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. This challenging yet breathtaking trek takes you pristine and remote region of eastern Nepal, dominating the skyline by Mt. Kanchenjunga, 8,586m, the world's third-highest peak. The trek offers a unique and immersive experience for nature enthusiasts and seasoned adventurers.

Starting from the lowlands of Taplejung, your adventure travels you through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, picturesque valleys, alpine meadows, and towering waterfalls. It is a must place to visit for wildlife lovers with a variety of flora and fauna. 

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek offers the view of numerous giant Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Kanchenjunga 8586m(Third Highest Peak),  Mt. Makalu, 8481m,  Mt. Yalung Kang, 8,505m,  Mt. Kambachen, 7903m,  Mt. Janu, 7710m,  Mt. Jongsong, 7483m,  Mt. Kabru, 7353m,  Mt. Tent Peak 7365m and the Twins 7350m. With the view of the Himalayas, you will be walking and viewing the pristine glaciers like Zumu, Talung, Rathong, and Yalung glaciers offering both the challenge and reward of the breathtaking views. 

As unique the nature is, so is the culture. Dominated by the Limbu and Rai(Ethnic Caste Of Nepal), you will encounter a unique culture, customs, and traditions preserved and passed down over generations. Venture into the remote areas offering the authentic villages of Nepal where you can experience rich cultural heritage firsthand. 

Mostly dominated by Buddhism, you can visit monasteries like Ramtang, and Oktang Monasteries. You will also witness the Kirat Religion, an indigenous religion prevailing in the eastern region of Nepal. 

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a Restricted Region within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, and hence, the natural and cultural beauty is still raw and untouched with rich cultural heritage, and the grandeur of towering peaks. With new teahouses gradually opening, the warm hospitality and enthusiasm of the locals will surely boost your travel journey to the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. The trek offers a truly immersive experience in the lap of the Himalayas into an expedition that demands physical endurance, but the rewards it offers are unparalleled, leaving trekkers with unforgettable memories of the untamed beauty of Eastern Nepal.

Restricted Region:

Trekking in the Restricted Region has its different charm. Restricted Region trails are less crowded and usually in the most rural part of the country with untouched nature and ancient cultures. 

Nepal has allocated a few parts as restricted regions. This is to prevent the overflow of international tourists. These regions are susceptible due to various reasons, including the climate and ethnic values, and hence Restricted Regions are carefully monitored by government officials. 

Apart from the general trekking and Conservation Area or National Park fees, if you are travelling to a Restricted region, you will also have to pay additional Permit fees, varying from place to place. Further, single travellers are not allowed to trek in this region. There need to be at least two travellers travelling in the Restricted Region apart from your guide and crew members.

The permits are issued by government-registered Trekking Companies in Nepal.  While the trekking permits can be issued before you arrive in Nepal, issuing the Restricted Region permits requires a hard passport copy of the traveller. So make sure you plan to stay for additional days in Kathmandu. 


Upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, clear all the necessary immigration formalities claim your baggage, and head outside the airport.

Our representative will be waiting outside the airport with a placard. You will be assisted by our team and transferred to the hotel. 

Kathmandu is the first stop for those traveling to Nepal by air. The city is the capital of the country and a political and cultural hub. Once a medieval town ruled by the Mallas and Lichivi, Kathmandu displays the fine architecture of the Newari ethnic group. The city host 7 UNESCO Heritage site. The buzzing traffic and folks of birds in the sky, the fluttering prayer flags, monasteries within the Hindu temple, and the busy yet charming people make Kathmandu a surreal place to be. 

Upon arrival at the hotel, meet your guide and discuss the details of your journey towards the Himalayas. 

Make sure that you have all the necessary gear available with you. If you have missed anything, worry note, there are several stores where you can buy according to your needs. 

    After breakfast, explore Kathmandu City. 

    Walk past the buzzing town and narrow street of Ason Bazaar with a mix of modern and ancient houses with the aroma of spices. Then explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, the live museum. 

    The UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at the heart of Kathmandu surrounded by ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and other architectural marvels, intricate wood carvings, and beautiful stone sculptures. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a hub for festivals, religious ceremonies, and cultural events offering the vibrant traditions and rituals of the Nepalese people.

    Visit Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar - the House of the Living Goddess and catch a glimpse of the Kumari, a young girl revered as a living goddess, Taleju Temple, Jagannath Temple, and Kal Bhairav Temple, each showcasing unique architectural styles and religious significance.

    Also, you will apply for a special permit to travel to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

    Later, explore Thamel to do some last-minute shopping. 

      Breakfast at the hotel.

      Depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bhadrapur. The 45-minute flight takes you to eastern Nepal with a view of the Himalayas over the hilly region.

      Upon arrival at Bhardapur, you will be transferred to Birtamod on a locally hired jeep. This 30-minute flight takes you through the scenic drive with a glimpse of farmlands and semi-local houses with concrete buildings. 

      Upon arrival, check in to the hotel, where the remaining day is at leisure. You can also explore the city area on your own. 

      Birtamod is a bustling town in the Jhapa District of eastern Nepal of the Terai region. Birtamod is a major commercial and transportation hub offering a vibrant and lively atmosphere with busy markets, shops, and bustling streets. Also known for its agricultural productivity, particularly in tea and rice cultivation, the city offers a blend of cultures and traditions. 

      Birtamod is a perfect place to spend a fairly luxurious day with decent hotels, restaurants, and maybe for last-minute shopping.

        Start a bit early. After breakfast, begin your journey to Taplejing on a locally hired jeep.

        The drive takes you approx. 8-9 hrs, through the scenic view. In clear weather, you can catch a glimpse of the Himalayas along the bank of the Tamor River.  

        Upon arrival, check in to the hotel, where the remaining evening will be at leisure. 

        Taplejung is a charming town located in the Taplejung District of eastern Nepal and the gateway to the pristine Kanchenjunga region. Surrounded by verdant hills and terraced fields, it provides breathtaking views of the Himalayan landscape, while the town itself is dotted with traditional houses, bustling markets, and welcoming tea houses. 

          After breakfast, commence your trek into the Kanchenjunga Circuit. Today the trail is mostly downhill with few uphills. 

          With a gradually ascending walk through terraced fields and lush forests offering glimpses of the local rural lifestyle. 

          Once you pass Panisar, cross the Hangdewa Khola and proceed following the river bank. Along the way, you will pass through charming villages such as Mitlung and Sinwa, inhabited by ethnic groups of the Limbu and Rai. 

          Once you cross Sinwa, keep following the trail meandering through rhododendron forests till you reach Chirwa, a charming village on the bank of the Tamor River surrounded by terraced fields and dense forests.

            After breakfast, begin your trek with gradual ascends through dense forests, crossing suspension bridges over rivers and streams. 

            As the trail progresses, pass through several traditional villages, including Tapethok and Sekathum. 

            Once you reach Tapethok, you officially enter the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. 

            The route continues through the forest trail passing some bridges offering breathtaking views of waterfalls, terraced fields, and snow-capped peaks in the distance leading you to Lelep. 

            Once you enter Lelep, you now enter the restricted region. 

              Breakfast at the lodge. Then start venturing into the captivating and adventurous segment.  

              From Lelep, take your right and pass the suspension bridge. The trail continues following the Ghunsa Khola while crossing the bridges passing through Suketham and Jongim while slowly transitioning the settlements of Sherpas. 

              Along the trail through the rugged terrain, you can witness the stunning vistas of towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque landscapes. 

              Amjilosa is a small village located offering a serene and peaceful atmosphere, nestled amidst the mountains. The area is mostly used for herding, and so only a few locals stay here with their temporary settlements. 

                After breakfast, make your way slowly to Gyabla. 

                The trail takes you through the rugged terrain followed by a short ascend into a flat ridge and into the lush and enchanting forest of rhododendron and bamboo forests, providing a picturesque backdrop and a chance to catch a glimpse of the rear flora and fauna. 

                Continuing through the forest leading you to Gyablea. Gyabla seems like a small village as you see only a few houses around, however, the actual village is hidden by a ridge surrounded by towing hills native to the Sherpa community. 

                  After breakfast, leave Gyabla passing by a small stream. 

                  Continue following the Ghunsa River through the dense forest leading. After a short ascent, you will reach a wide valley with yak pasture which is Phale. Phale is a refugee village where Tibetans started settling while fleeing from the communist regime in China. 

                  There is a small and ancient Buddhist Monastery, where you can witness the Purang Jhoho, a sacred statue of Buddha brought from Tibet. 

                  Once you cross a bridge, the trail starts to ascend. From here, you will be walking along a small section of the Great Himalayan Trail until you pass yet another bridge leading you to Ghunsa. 

                  Ghunsa is the largest village in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Here you have a health post, police station, and Kanchenjunga Conservation Office along with Telephone and internet services, so it is a good time to connect with your close ones or maybe post some updates to the world. Ghunsa refers to Winter Place in the Tibetan language. 

                    At the higher, it is indeed essential to take the time to relax and acclimatize before proceeding further to a higher altitude. As Ghunsa offers an ideal location for this purpose, explore its serene environment. 

                    One of the highlights of Ghunsa is the Tashi Choding Monastery, which is worth exploring during your stay. The monastery holds cultural and religious significance, and you can immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere, observe the monks' daily rituals, and gain insights into Buddhist traditions.

                    Additionally, there is a ridge near Ghunsa offering a breathtaking view of Jannu Peak. The hike takes approx. 5 hours or more for a round trip, depending on your pace and fitness level.

                    During the ridge climb, be mindful of your own physical limitations and the signs of altitude sickness. It's crucial to listen to your body, take regular breaks, and descend if you experience any severe symptoms.

                      After breakfast, leave Ghunsa walking uphill. This section takes you into higher altitudes, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, glacial landscapes, and the raw beauty of the Himalayas.

                      Trek into rugged and dramatic alpine terrain. A small section between the way is exposed to a landside region, so make sure to walk carefully. 

                      Walk past moraines, traverse glacial valleys, and navigate rocky slopes. The journey is physically demanding but exceptionally scenic, with views of towering peaks, including the impressive Jannu (Kumbhakarna). 

                      Once you reach Kambachen, relax admiring the view. Along the way, you pass through a high-altitude grazing area for yaks offering a unique experience of the remote mountain lifestyle, with the chance to see yak herders tending their herds and witness the simplicity of their way of life.

                        Start your day a bit early as the afternoon gets a bit windy making it difficult to walk. 

                        Leaving Kambachen, the trail takes you along the glacial moraines and rocky slopes surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes, with towering peaks and vast glaciers adorning the horizon.

                        The trail winds through the mesmerizing Lhonak Valley. The path traverses alongside the Kanchenjunga Glacier, providing an up-close experience of the immense ice formations. The glacial landscape is awe-inspiring and humbling. 

                        As trekkers approach Lhonak, venture along the Snow Leopard Territory, so keep your eyes and ears sharp. Who knows if you can beat this camouflaging Himalayan queen and see one?

                        Lhonak is the highest settlement in Kanchenjunga Base Camp.  

                          Today, make your way to Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

                          After an early breakfast, embark on an adventure, crossing the moraine from the Kanchenjunga Glacier. The trail gradually ascends, leading us to the Base Camp of Kanchenjunga. The Base Camp rewards you with the majestic panorama of the Himalayas that leaves you in awe of their grandeur. Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the wind, adding a spiritual touch to the atmosphere.

                          Spend some time at the camp and take a moment to absorb the serenity and beauty of the pristine peaks, the vastness of the glacial landscape, and the tranquillity of the surroundings creating a profound sense of peace. 

                          Later hike back to Lhonak. 

                            Today after breakfast, retrace your way back to Ghunsa. Walk past the glacial moraines and give yourself another chance to witness the rear species as you make your way back mostly downhill to Ghunsa. 

                              After breakfast, you will be heading towards Sele Le. 

                              The portion of the trek takes you through a captivating landscape of forests and grassy ridges, offering a mix of natural beauty and breathtaking vistas. 

                              The forested sections provide a serene atmosphere as you walk amidst the tall trees and lush vegetation, accompanied by the sounds of nature, creating a soothing ambiance.

                              As you ascend along the grassy ridge, the scenery opens up, revealing a picturesque panorama. From this vantage point,  catch a glimpse of the towering Mount Makalu in the distance, the fifth-highest peak in the world. 

                              Continue your journey along the trail, and before approaching Selele, make your way through a sharp ascend. 

                                With an early breakfast, head towards Kanchenjunga South Base Camp through a series of exhilarating passes offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains through some rather challenging rocky and steep terrain. 

                                Make your way uphill to Selele Pass, 4,480 m. From the Pass, the landscape unfolds, revealing breathtaking vistas of the Kanchenjunga region with panoramic views of the mountains, and the valley below is truly awe-inspiring, showcasing the grandeur of this majestic Himalayan peak.

                                Continuing along the ridge, you reach the Sinelapche La pass,4,830 m. The vantage point offers even more magnificent views of Mount Kanchenjunga and its surrounding valley. The sight of the snow-capped peaks, the vastness of the valley, and the untouched beauty of the landscape create a sense of awe and wonder.

                                Then head to Cheram through a steep and narrow downhill trail. Cheram is the only settlement you will encounter on this particular route. 

                                  After breakfast, walk on a relatively easy trail to Ramche. The route takes you through a gradual uphill path passing through moraine and yak pasture. 

                                  Ramche is on the way to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. So if interested, you can take a short 40-minute hike to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. 

                                  During the hike to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, the landscape undergoes a remarkable transformation as you find yourself on the edge of the glacier, surrounded by the awe-inspiring presence of the Himalayas. The base camp offers captivating views of Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt. Yarlung, Kabru 1,   Kabru 2,  Kabru 3, Ratong, and Sikkim Peak. The Base Camp has a small temple named Oktong, adorned with colorful Tibetan prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze. 

                                  Later make your way back to Ramche overnight. 

                                    After breakfast, retrace your way back to Cheram, from where you will embark on a predominantly downhill journey towards Tortong Khola.

                                    The trail is divided into two. Following the forested path, make your way through a gorge. 

                                    While the initial part of the trail involves descending, the final section is challenging with an uphill climb through forests and areas prone to landslides. This segment of the trek does not pass through any settlements until you reach Torongding, where a few teahouses await us.

                                    Torongding is a small village with teahouses that nestles on a George. 

                                      As you hike upward, traverse through a region prone to landslides, requiring caution and careful navigation. Continuing along the trail, you eventually reach Lasiya Bhanjyang, where you encounter a teashop.

                                      Leaving Lasiya Bhanjyang, the trail takes another steep descent through dense forests with lush vegetation. The path winds its way down, guiding you through the verdant landscape, and you will eventually reach the vibrant village of Yamphuding. 

                                      Yamphuding is a larger settlement that marks a significant milestone in your trek, providing a glimpse into the local culture and way of life. The beginning of the trail leads you to a downhill hike followed by a steep and prolonged uphill hike.


                                        After breakfast, make your way downhill through the lush green forest towards Happu Lhola. With the lower altitude, The walk becomes easier and more enjoyable. 

                                        You will cross several small bridges as you walk towards Samekham. Traverse your way through the picturesque landscapes with the mesmerizing village of Khebang. The terraced fields and traditional houses around add a touch of cultural charm and the warmth of the inhabitants to our route.

                                        Once you cross a bridge over Jhorpo, head downhill towards a cardamom field leading to Kamdime. 

                                        With this, your walking journey comes to an end. 

                                          After a leisurely breakfast, you are transferred to Birtamod on a locally hired jeep. The first half of the path leads you through a gravelled road followed by a smooth drive along the pitched black road along with the mesmerizing view around. 

                                          Upon arrival, check in to the hotel where the remaining day is at leisure.

                                          Evening, spend time with your team celebrating the successful end of the trip. 

                                            After breakfast, you are transferred to Bhadrapur Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.

                                            Upon arrival, drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu, where the remaining day is at leisure, or go to the spa to relax your body after a long trek.

                                            Evening, spend your last day with the crew and share your experience with everyone. 

                                              Breakfast at the hotel.

                                              Depending on your flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your final departure. 

                                                NOTE: All information in this itinerary is accurate to the best of our knowledge, considering the current situation of the itinerary. But please note that the changes might occur at any time despite our best efforts to improve our program or due to logistical regions such as traffic jams, flight schedules, weather conditions, governmental policies, or any external reasons.  

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                                                B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner 

                                                What's Included
                                                • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
                                                • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
                                                • 02 Nights Twin sharing 3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu); Breakfast included. (A single room can be arranged upon payment of an extra price of USD 60 per night). Standard Guest House accommodation while trekking time on a twin-sharing basis.
                                                • Airfare from Kathmandu – Bhadrapur - Kathmandu includes airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
                                                • Well, I English-speaking Government License Holder and Experienced Trek leader/Guide.
                                                • Porters to carry your bags(1 porter for 2 guests).
                                                • Food, Accommodation, salary, insurance, and equipment are for all staff.
                                                • Free Mount Glory Duffle, and T-shirt.
                                                • Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Special Restricted Area Permit.
                                                • All government, hotel, and other applicable taxes.
                                                • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with a cultural dance show.
                                                • Trip Completion Certificate.
                                                • Official expenses.
                                                What's not Included
                                                • International Airfare and taxes.
                                                • Personal Travel Insurance.
                                                • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
                                                • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
                                                • All items of personal expenses.
                                                • Tipping for a guide, porters, and drivers(tipping is expected).
                                                • Any other expense which is not mentioned in the price Includes' section.

                                                Note: Please bring 4 passport-size photos, a copy of your passport, and travel insurance at Our First Meeting In Our Office.

                                                Dates & Availability

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                                                Starts: ThursdayFeb 22, 2024
                                                Ends: FridayMar 15, 2024

                                                Useful Information

                                                Accommodation and Facilities During Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek:

                                                Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek has been on the trekking map for a pretty long. But to this date, the area is still remote, making this place an incredible heaven for trekkers but challenging due to the facilities available. 

                                                For the past few years, this was a camping trek, requiring tents, food, and utensils to be carried by potters and mules. But this is not the case now. Few basic lodges have been established, well enough to rest your body from long extensive walks and a portion of good food to keep you going. With the warm hospitality of the locals and the view it laps upon, what else do you need? 

                                                Most lodges have shared rooms with common bathrooms with hot and cold showers available. Like the most trekking trail, a hot shower will cost you extra. 

                                                Although beds with warm blankets and pillows are available, we recommend bringing your sleeping bag if you are conscious about hygiene, and the higher you go, the colder it gets. 

                                                Dal Bhat is the most common and recommended food during the trek. Rice (Bhat), lentils ( Dal), vegetables, and chutney are the ultimate portion of food. 

                                                Charging stations are available in the common dining room, mostly run by solar power, which will cost you extra. But make sure to be economical when it's cloudy, as it is the only source. Carrying portable solar is recommended. 

                                                Who can join the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek:

                                                The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is one of the most challenging treks. The trekkers are required to be both physically and mentally fit. 

                                                Walking along the remote paths with steep ascend and descending for an extensive number of days with limited facilities, this trek will test both your physical and mental endurance.  

                                                Make sure that you are well prepared. We recommend indulging in some exercises like regular running, cycling, and swimming before the trek. A body check-up with the doctor is also advised. 

                                                Carry necessary items like sleeping bags, portable solar batteries, medications, water purifiers, and some of your favorite bars. 

                                                We encourage all travelers to have travel insurance covering rescue from high altitudes. 

                                                But relax and don't get intimidated. If you cover most of our advice, our expert guide, helpful potters, friendly locals, and beautiful views are there for you. 

                                                Guide & Potters for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek:

                                                The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek lies in a Restricted region, making it a must to have an expert guide. Not only that, the trail, is remote so you will need someone familiar with the terrain and assist you in the path providing insights into the region's history and secrets and assisting you in removing the cultural barrier. 

                                                Since you will be trekking for an extensive number of days, you will need to carry several things so have additional local assistance. With a potter carrying your loads, it will make your journey much easier allowing you to travel more freely. 

                                                Safety and Security During Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking In Nepal:

                                                With a guide and potter by your side, you are all safe to traverse the adventurous journey. Though the trek is challenging, if you are well prepared, then you are good to venture into the journey.

                                                Make sure you have travel insurance covering rescue for unforeseen circumstances, your medication, and travel permits, the locals await to treat you with warm hospitality. 

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