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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek- 22 Days Itinerary
5 USD 1900 Per Person
TRIP DURATION
22 Days
MAX. ALTITUDE
5143 meters
TRIP GRADE
Difficult
LODGING
Tea House
BEST SEASON
Autumn and Spring
MEALS
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
COMMUNICATION
Local Sim card
PER DAY WALK
5-7 hours

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek- 22 Days Itinerary

Among the many popular trekking routes in Nepal, the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is the remotest and most challenging. The true form of nature has been preserved in its untouched form within the eastern highlands of Nepal. The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek itinerary takes you to the far eastern region of Nepal, encircling Kanchenjunga Mountain.

Along with Kanchenjunga, there are other high peaks like EverestMakalu, Cho Oyo, etc., that you can see on the Kanchenjunga map. However, these mountain peaks are not the only perks of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. The pristine set of five glacial systems, including Zumu, Talung, and Rathong, flows towards Sikkim.

The Yalung glaciers flow right into the Tamor River. This alpine highland and its wonders are protected by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, so a special Kanchenjunga trek permit is required. Inside the Kanchenjunga National Park, you can witness an unbelievable array of unique flora and fauna in pristine condition.

Also, there are relic mammals like the Red Panda and the Snow Leopard. The Kanchenjunga trek was opened for tourists in the year 1980 only. Recently, the Kanchenjunga base camp has been upgraded to teahouse trekking. This means you can comfortably walk while living in a cosy room and enjoying the warm food.

Highlights of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

  • Marvellous views of more than a dozen mountain peaks above 6,000 metres above sea level.
  • Stunning photography at the pristine glacier lakes of Kanchenjunga.
  • Trekking via the diverse flora and fauna that haven’t been seen anywhere else in the world.
  • Explore the hidden monasteries of Ramtang and Oktang Monasteries while witnessing the rich Sherpa culture.
  • Less crowded compared to Everest and Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

List Of Mountains Visible During Kanchenjunga Trek Nepal

  • Yalung Kang (8,505m)
  • Kambachen (7,903m),
  • Jongsong (7,483m),
  • Kabru (7,353m),
  • Janu (7,710m),
  • Tent Peak (7,365m),
  • Twins (7,350m)

Where is Mount Kanchenjunga located?

Kanchenjunga is located in the eastern part of Nepal, near the border with the Indian state of Sikkim. It is part of the Himalayas, which stretch across Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Tibet. Kanchenjunga is the third-highest mountain in the world, standing at 8,586 meters (28,169 feet) tall. Its name means “Five Treasures of Snow” in the Tibetan language, referring to its five distinct peaks. The region around Kanchenjunga is known for its stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity, and unique culture of the local communities.

ITINERAY

Day 01: Fly to Bhadrapur to drive to Ilam

Altitude: 1677 m / 5501 ft

Drive duration: 3 hrs

Altitude: 1677 m / 5501 ft

Drive duration: 3 hrs

Early in the morning, a driver picks us up from the hotel and drives us to the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu airport. Soon, we hop onto a flight, taking us above the mountains. Flying above the lush green hills and many perennial flowing rivers, we land in Bhadrapur, Jhapa in about 1 hour.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Kanyam,Illam, Nepal.

From Jhapa, we move to the higher altitude of Illam. Driving along the stunning hilly, winding roads, we can see the beautiful tea farms of Illam. You will drive along with Kanyam one of the most beautiful villages in Illam. The weather there is so unpredictable which you can even feel during the drive. Taking some amazing photos, we will stop at a local guesthouse in Illam.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Guest House

Walking / Driving : 45mins flight/ 1 hr drive

Day 02: Drive To Taplejung

Altitude: 1820 m / 5971 ft

Drive duration: 5 hrs

We will wake up early in the morning to witness the spectacular sunrise at Illam before starting the real Kanchenjunga Circuit trek. Although the drive to Kanyam is not included in our itinerary, arrangements can be made. After breakfast, we plan to drive further north along the terraced fields.

After mid-day, we reach Taplejung, a beautiful town in the hills. Here, we get to visit different Buddhist gompas that have had butter lamps burning continuously for more than 400 years. After a peaceful evening, we get back to the hotel.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 03: Trek To Chirwa

trek to chirwa for kanchenjunga circuit trek

Altitude: 1270 m / 4166 ft

Duration: 6 hrs

We start trekking to Kanchenjunga on the rough paths beyond the stunning river. Early in the morning, we walk towards the village of Sinwa, Tawa. After a short stop at the Porke, we can see that the valley narrows over old landslide debris. Then, we shall walk down to the Thiwa Khola River and walk on a thrilling wooden bridge. After a few hours, we shall then walk to Chirwa. The huge boulders and tiny bamboo houses of Chirwa make a wonderful stop.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 04: Trek to Lelep

Altitude: 1860 m / 6102 ft

Duration: 7 hrs

The first thing in the morning is a short walk to the Tamur River. In the next few hours, we will be walking towards the Simbua Khola. This river flowing from the south of Kanchenjunga makes an amazing view. Next, we shall stop at the narrow Ghunsa Khola. Next is the Tibetan village of Lelep.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 05: Trek To Amjilosa

Altitude: 2510 m / 8234 ft

Duration: 5 hrs

On the fifth day of the trek to Kanchenjunga, we walk beyond the wonderful waterfalls and suspension bridges. However, once we reach the Sherpa village of Amjilosa, we get lost in its charm. The path has steep ascent and you can even find small streams along the way.

Some local people are also engaged in raising yaks for commercial purposes. While staying there you can taste the yak milk and yak cheese that the local people have produced. Local Bhotey dogs can also be seen a lot and goats, yaks, and sheep are also on the way. You will then descend to reach via a bamboo forest to reach Amjilosa. You will pass through many rivers and waterfalls.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 06: Trek To Gyabla

Altitude: 2730 m / 8956 ft

Duration: 5 hrs

Moving above the Amjilosa, we start to see the western side of Kanchenjunga. Walking via the forest of oak and bamboo, you cross many suspension bridges and rivers. The weather is very unpredictable while reaching Gyabla.

The path has a gradual ascent and you will pass through dense forest. The Kanchenjuna routes are not so good so be careful during the monsoon season. River will be your best friend this day because until you reach Gyabla the river will walk along with you.

With some suspension bridge and more streams and colorful flags on the way you will reach Gyabla. Gyabla is most like a teahouse area instead of a village like. You can find some teahsouses along the way with very basic services.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 07: Trek To Ghunsa

trek to ghunsa for kanchenjunga circuit trek

Altitude: 3475 m / 11794 ft

Duration: 5-6 hrs

On this day you will trek to one of the most beautiful villages on the way to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. You can meet many local people along the way to Ghunsa. The day has a gradual ascent which will pass through many suspension bridges. There are no iron bridges and suspension bridges for small streams. Instead, you will walk over a wooden bridge made by the local people. The weather is very unstable you can feel it while on the trek. It’s another long and exciting day in the mountains.

First, we shall walk through the forest to get to the Phale Village, where we will have our lunch. Phale is a Tibetan refugee camp that started almost a decade ago after fleeing from the communist regime in China. The path has a steep ascent while reaching Ghunsa.

After 6 hours of hike, you will reach Ghunsa, a beautiful village on the way to KBC. Ghunsa has primary-level schools, police check post, and even health post. The teahouses have electricity but they will charge you for such facilities. Rather than it you will have basic services at the teahouse.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

Since we are living at 3,500 meters above sea level, it’s important to stop for a day for acclimatization. And since Ghunsa is the most developed settlement here, it’s an ideal place for the stop. On this day we will hike up to Dudh Kunda located at 4200 m.

From Ghunsa there are two way one is too the Sele Le and another is to Dudh Kunda. The hike is around 3 hours which will take us to the place from where we can see the majestic view of Kanchenjunga region. Even during the peak season, you can find snow in this region. The path has rocky terrain like a graveled one. It is called dudh Kunda because the place mostly has snow and dudh means milk in Nepali so we can relate it to Milk Lake. After exploring the dudh kunda we will return back to Ghunsa.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 09: Trek to Kambachen

Altitude: 4100 m / 13451 ft

Duration: 5 hrs

After a relaxing day, it’s now time to move further away from the mountains. Today, we can witness the Jannu Himal as we walk along the gentle path. Here, we can see the beautiful green glacier valley. You will begin your hike along with the mane walls along with beautiful rivers. The path has gradual ascent and descent. After crossing some bridges and streams you will reach Chhermalung located at 3740 meters. The distance from Ghunsa to Chhermalung is 3.8 km. It takes around 1.5 hr to reach here from Ghunsa. You have a little rest at Chhermalung.

Then you will walk towards Labuk, located at 3797 meters. We will have our lunch at Labuk. There are few teahouses and they are mostly for lunch and breakfast purposes only. After having lunch and resting for a while we will trek to reach Khambachen. The route is the landslide-prone and mostly sloppy trail like of Tilicho Lake route.

You will find many suspension bridges and rivers along the way to reach Khambachen. In 5–6 hours, we reach Kambachen. You will find teahouses and camps both. If you look into the alpine area, you might also spot blue sheep and snow leopards.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 10: Acclimatization Day

Before we head further upwards in a challenging section of the tour, we let our bodies rest for another day. Since we plan to have fun, there’s no need to rush for Kanchenjunga Circuit trekking. On this day we will hike up to Phaktanglung at 4200 meters.

The view from Phaktanglug is really majestic. The whole route and area are covered with snow. You can see the Kumbakarna, the 32nd highest peak in the world. You will also see a holy place where Kirat people worship their god. After exploring for some while we will walk back to our teahouse

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 11: Trek to Lhonak

Altitude: 4785 m / 15698 ft

Duration: 6 hrs

From Khambachen, we first walk via the rocky path leading to Khando Waterfall. Today’s hike is around 6 hours which will take us to the highest altitude of 4756 meters. Walking west of the Kanchenjunga Glacier allows us to take some amazing pictures.

You will also find a beautiful waterfall named Khando Waterfall which is located at a height of 4381 meters.  Then we will stay for lunch at Randamg. The temperature in this area is really cold. In the evening, we reach Lhonak village, which is decorated with large stone huts. From Lhonak, we can witness the views of Wedge Peak, Mera Peak, Nepal Peak, and the Twins.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 12: Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp

Altitude: 4785 m / 15698 ft

Duration: 8 hrs

This day is the most exciting day of your Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek as we will do the final push up to the base camp this day. First of all, we will pass through Syjango which has very snowy path during the peak season also. Climbing beyond the moraine of Kanchenjunga Glacier, we head towards the northern base camp of Kanchenjunga. The climb to Kanchenjunga would be very challenging, but the tranquillity and stunning views of the mountain vistas make you forget everything. The route has a high risk of landslides. The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek is also called the Panpema View base camp. The altitude of the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek is 5142 meters.

We enjoy the beauty of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek for a few hours and then walk down to Lhonak for the night. Our Kanchenjunga base camp trek is going to be a wonderful experience.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 13: Trek To Ghunsa

Altitude: 3595 m / 11794 ft

Duration: 7 hrs

Walking via the pebbled route, we walk down from the Lhonak and head towards the Kambachen Village. East of the Tamor River, we can enjoy a beautiful night in Ghunsa. It’s a relaxing day on the Kanchenjunga base camp trek.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 14: Trek To Sele Le

Duration: 5 hrs

Altitude: 4390 m / 14402 ft

Walking beyond the forest of Ghunsa in the morning, we can again see the alpine grassland. The colourful vegetation and the awesome views of the mountain take your heart away. As the view of Phale villages gets smaller, we climb to Sele Le. Sele Le is situated at a height of 4355 meters. The view from Sele le is amazing. One should not miss the chance to trek to Sele Le. Some camps are also seen on the way. There is an upper Sele le region and a lower one we will stay as per our pace.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 15: Trek To Tseram

Altitude: 3870 m / 12696 ft

Duration: 8 hrs

We leave the Sele Le quite early in the morning and head for the most difficult walk of the journey. We commence in the morning by climbing Sinion La pass at 4,450m. After a short stop here, we need to cross Sinelapche La pass (4,830m); the Kanchenjunga trek difficulty keeps on increasing.

Along the way we will see yaks carrying loads, and we can also see Chhuchhung thanga lake which is really beautiful. Finally, after 8 to 9 hours of walking, we reach Tseram at night. Tseram is a small village along with teahouses in it.

Also check Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 16: Day Trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp

day trip to kanchenjunga north base camp

Altitude: 3870 m / 12696 ft

Duration: 6 hrs

From Tseram, we trek to Ramche for a few hours. After lunch at Ramche, we walk for less than an hour to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek. This Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek, decorated with colourful prayer flags, is located on the edge of the glacier. After amazing photos and a peaceful time in Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek, we get back to Tseram.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 17: Trek to Torongding

Altitude: 2080 m / 6824 ft

Duration: 4 hrs

Now, we start moving towards the lower altitude. Walking downwards from the gorge, we get to the area that is prone to landslides. Moving down, we start to see the sub-tropical forests during this Kanchenjunga National Park trek. In the late evening, we get to Torongding, the only settlement we can see in the entire day.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 18: Trek to Yamphuding

Altitude: 1980 m / 6496 ft

Duration: 8 hrs

As we head downhill from Torongding, the mountains start to appear. In the morning, we first walk towards the Lasiya Bhanjyang. After lunch in Lasiya, our path goes steeply downhill to the forest. Finally, we reach the big village of Yamphuding. It’s an important stop on the Kanchenjunga base camp trek map.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 19: Trek to Khewang

Altitude: 1910 m / 6266 ft

Duration: 5 hrs

From Yamphudin, the Kanchenjunga trek route first descends to the Kabeli Khola River. On the way, we stop at Bhanjyang for a short time and then walk along with the terraced farms to the Khebang. Today’s a relaxing day on the Kanchenjunga trek.

Check our Everest view trek for something easy and short.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 20: Trek to Khamdime

trek to khamdime for kanchenjunga trek

Altitude: 1500 m / 4921 ft

Duration: 5 hrs

From Khewang, the trail moves to a steep ridge. Then, we walk downwards to the village of Aaap Danda. After a stop here, we trek to Jor Pool and then to Simal Danda. Finally, in the late evening, we will crash at Khamdime. Our final day of the trek to Kanchenjunga ends on a high note.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 21: Drive to Bhadrapur

Altitude: 93 m / 305 ft

Duration: 10 hrs

From Khimdime, we drive to Bhadrapur in a private vehicle. The jeep ride along the off-road of the hills is quite interesting. On the way, we will pass many beautiful tea farms and villages. After a few hours of walking, we reach Bhadrapur in the evening.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : hotel

Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1300 m / 4265 ft

Duration: 50 minutes

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Boudhhanath Kathmandu.

Finally, it’s time to head back to Kathmandu. A driver takes us to the Bhadrapur airport, and in less than one hour, we will be walking through the streets of Kathmandu. When you return to Thamel, you will have enough time for souvenir shopping. In the evening, it’s time for the farewell dinner. We celebrate the wonderful Kanchenjunga trek in Nepal, conquered together.

Although wonderful, this is also the most dangerous and long trekking route in Nepal. Having an expert team of Himalayan masters will be helpful to make your stay even more exciting. So, book your trip with us here.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Hotel

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Trip Cost Includes

  • All ground Transport in private vehicle, including airport transfer.
  • 3- Night accmodation in kathmandu with Breakfast (Hotel Arushi Botique or similler)
  • (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with Tea coffee during the trek.
  • 21 nights Best available twin sharing lodge for accomodation during trek.
  • Round trip Flight (Kathmandu-Bhandrapur/Bhadrapur-kathmandu Including depature taxes.
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permits.
  • Restricted area permit.
  • Tims fee- ( Trekkers information managment system permits for the trek)
  • Guide for 22 days
  • Bhadrapur Taplejung And Khadimey Bhadrapur Local bus

Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Ticket
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Tips for guide and potters
  • one porters for 22 days USD 490 (Optional)
  • private jeep USD 400 (Optional)

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Kanchenjunga Trek Difficulty

The Kanchenjunga trek is difficult and demands a certain level of physical and mental endurance. You will hike at an altitude of more than 5000m, with low oxygen concentrations and an always-changing climate.

There are steep inclines and declines, prolonged climbs and declines, crossing rivers, and zigzag trails. You will also spend many hours at Kanchenjunga base camp trekking in terrains that are comparatively more deserted.

Despite the challenges presented by Kanchenjunga Trek Nepal, one need not worry because it is conquerable. It would help if you were in good health and mentally prepared for the challenges ahead to do it.

Trip Grade: Medical and Health, Fitness level

This particular trek to the Kanchenjunga base camp is relatively strenuous but very fulfilling. Depending on the destination, you will be hiking for approximately 5 to 7 hours on each day we are hiking. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp is a high-altitude trek that lasts for about three weeks and covers around 185 km. We will pause the hike from time to time in order to take a closer look at the surrounding mountains.

Kanchenjunga Circuit trekking routes consist of several ascends, declines, and rocky terrains passing through forests. Trekking to Kanchenjunga base camp is more enjoyable for those who are more fitted. If you have ever been involved in trekking, that may be advantageous to you. However, if you have some health complications such as heart or lung diseases, there are far much better suggestions than this trek.

Kanchenjunga Trek
An adventurer with a backpack enjoying the view from a mountain summit.

Altitude Sickness in Kanchenjunga Base Camp 

Day by day, heading towards the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, you find that air pressure becomes lower due to the height level. This will cause altitude sickness, which is a phenomenon noticed in almost every trekker who ventures to the Himalayas. If conditions themselves have worsened, it is possible to either go down in the altitude or turn to the doctor.

I personally advise you to drink at least 4 litres of water a day and not rush when taking subsequent courses. This condition can only be controlled by descending acutely, which means that this condition is life-threatening. Hopefully, it is your group leader who will decide if you may proceed based on your sicknesses. Just a reminder that the human body is not uniform – some people are sicker than others.

Emergency and Evacuation at Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

In case of an emergency at Kanchenjunga trek difficulty, immediate action is crucial. Contacting local authorities or emergency services is essential. Due to the remote and challenging terrain, evacuation can be difficult and may require specialized assistance. It’s better to have travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and mountaineering to ensure you are prepared for any emergency.

The travel insurance is a must for the evacuation process. Our team will ensure your safety and hire a helicopter for the rescue evacuation, but you need to pay the evacuation charges from the insurance. You need to pay back the insurance charges to the company.

Kit and Equipment for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

When preparing for the Kanchenjunga trek packing list, having the right gear is essential for safety and success. Here’s a comprehensive list of the equipment you’ll need:

Clothing:

  • Insulated jacket
  • Waterproof shell jacket and pants
  • Base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Fleece or softshell jacket
  • Insulated pants or trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Gaiters to keep snow out of boots

Footwear:

  • Mountaineering boots with crampon compatibility
  • Gaiters to keep snow out of boots
  • Warm socks (wool or synthetic)

Camping Equipment (if one wants a camping):

  • Four-season tent
  • Sleeping bag suitable for sub-zero temperatures
  • Sleeping pad or mattress for insulation
  • Stove and fuel for cooking

Personal Items:

  • Sunscreen with high SPF
  • Lip balm with UV protection
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • First aid kit with medication for altitude sickness and other common ailments
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Trekking poles for stability

Navigation and Communication:

  • Map and compass/GPS device
  • Satellite phone or communication device for emergencies

Miscellaneous:

  • Lightweight backpack for day trips
  • Durable duffel bag for transporting gear
  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Energy snacks and high-calorie foods for fuel

Special Training for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Before starting the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the climbers should work on fitness, altitude exposure, technical, navigation, first aid skills, safety, equipment familiarization, emotional Preparedness, team building, and stewardship.

Himalayan Masters will equip you with the necessary preparation to get to the base camp. It trains trekkers for high altitude, trekking procedures, use of gear, safety measures, first aid, and conservational measures during a trek.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Physical Fitness Requirements

It is always an amazing experience every time of the year to trek to Kanchenjunga, which is one of the most beautiful and isolated areas of Nepal. It is, therefore, very important to physically prepare for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek because of the strenuous nature of this activity. Walking, running, cycling, or hiking should be done for endurance activities that work the cardiovascular system. Legs, abdomen, and upper body strength training will also be of great importance.

Also, it is recommended to train with backpacks with the added load to mimic the conditions they face while trekking. Warm-up exercises like Yoga or Stretching exercises help in increasing the flexibility of muscles and minimize the chances of strains. It is therefore important that you start your training early enough to develop the stamina you require for the training.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek best time

The best time for the Kanchenjunga trek is in spring which is during March and April and also in autumn during September to October. As for the weather conditions, the months are rather good since the precipitation is low and temperatures are moderate for trekking. This place also has viewing of the mountains and you will also find some of the rhododendrons in the flowery season.

On the other hand, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek during winter is not favorable as it will be very cold particularly at night from January to February. The best time to encounter the orchids and the worst time to attempt a trek on the trails is during the monsoons from July to August.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Weather

The climatic conditions can be quite harsh and unpredictable and thus the best time to tour Kanchenjunga Mountain is during the spring and autumn seasons. The weather of the Kanchenjunga region is pleasant in spring season with slightly warm climate and in autumn season, the sky remains clear with best climatic conditions.

Kanchenjunga temperatures in summer, between March and May, are 10 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius – the warmest is the month of May. It is also advisable to pack clothing appropriate for winter to wear since evenings can be great.

For July to September, there is the monsoon rain but the particular gets a little rainy after June with October indicating the onset of the tourist season. Specifically, during the winter season, it is cold for the three months of December, January, and February with the lowest temperature being -5 degrees Celsius while the highest temperatures do not go beyond 16 degrees Celsius.

Kanchenjunga Trek
Local old woman posing for a picture.

Kanchenjunga Circuit trek permit

In Nepal, specific areas, known as ‘Restricted Areas,’ are closely managed by the government. Solo trekkers, called FITs (Free Individual Trekkers), are prohibited from entering these places. You will need a Kanchenjunga trek permit.

To trek around the Kanchenjunga base camp elevation, you need a Special Restricted Area Permit (SRAP) and a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project permit (KCAP). The SRAP is required for restricted areas like Thapethok and Yamphuding, and a registered Nepali trekking company must obtain it.

General Information for Kanchenjunga Trek Permit

Location: Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

Required Permits:

– Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP)

– Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

Permit Details for Different Nationals

Nepali Citizens

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP): Not required.

– Restricted Area Permit (RAP): Not required.

SAARC Nationals

– Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP): NPR 1,500 per person.

– Restricted Area Permit (RAP): USD 10 per week.

Foreign Nationals (Non-SAARC)

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

– Restricted Area Permit (RAP): USD 20 per week.

Additional Information about the Kanchenjunga Trek Permit

Permit Issuance:

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP): Issued by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) in Kathmandu or directly at the entry points.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP): Must be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.

The KCAP permit is needed to enter the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and can be obtained at the National Park checkpost during your trek without a validation date. When trekking to Kanchenjunga in these restricted areas, you must be in a group of at least two people and accompanied by a licensed trekking guide for safety and environmental protection. You cannot request the permit independently; you must use a licensed trekking agency.

Accommodation and food in Kanchenjunga Trek

The 22-day Kanchenjunga circuit trek accommodation includes nights in basic mountain teahouses with twin-sharing beds, mattresses, blankets, and pillows. Hot showers are available for an extra cost. In Kathmandu, you’ll stay two nights in hotels of your choice before and after as a tea house trek Kanchenjunga. The teahouses in the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek might not be like a five-star hotel, but they will make sure you are comfortable, warm, and safe.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek food
Tibetain bread for breakfast during kanchenjunga trek

Foods on the Kanchenjunga trek are convenient and include fresh, hygienic, and nutritious food selected from lodge menus. The menu offers a mix of local, Asian, and Western dishes. Hot drinks like green tea, lemon tea, ginger tea, and garlic soup are recommended for health benefits at high altitudes.

Meals in Kathmandu are not included, but you’ll find a range of Nepalese and international cuisine to suit your taste. The Kanchenjunga circuit trek is an opportunity to connect with nature and immerse oneself in the peaceful serenity of the Himalayas.

Electricity and battery recharge, water during the trek

During the Kanchenjunga circuit trek, lodges offer electricity for recharging cameras and mobile batteries for a fee. Most lodges have hydroelectricity, while some use solar panels. However, the electricity is not reliable because of the trek’s remote location. You can buy packed mineral water from local lodges and shops along the route or fill your bottles with boiled water for an additional cost. It’s advisable to use a water purification pill to treat drinking water.

Roads on the Kanchenjunga circuit trek and how to avoid them

While trekking to Kanchenjunga, you may encounter some roads, particularly in the lower parts of the trek. To avoid these roads and enjoy a more traditional trekking experience, it’s recommended to choose routes that take you through remote and less frequented trails. Opting for side trails and off-the-beaten-path routes can help you steer clear of roads and engage yourself in the natural beauty and wilderness of the region.

With Himalayan Masters

Booking and Airport Pickup

In the ease of booking your trek with us Himalayan Masters, our service does not stop once you are in Nepal. Their team organizes pickup from the airport and sees you through to the hotel in Kathmandu or the starting point of the trek if you are not going directly to the trek.

Support Team

Himalayan Masters boasts of the professional and professional support team – guides, porters, and other staff that will be instrumental in ensuring the Kanchenjunga circuit trek to be safe and enigmatic. They guide you throughout in terms of the trails, culture or anything as well as people help with making sure that you are comfortable for the entire trip.

Begin and End point of Kanchenjunga Trek

Itineraries on the Kanchenjunga circuit trek may start and end at different locations according to the selected trekking plan. As it has been indicated, Himalayan Masters have different treks in the Himalayas with different start and end points. Common beginning points are Kathmandu or other entry point towns, while most treks are either loop treks that circle back to the starting point or point-to-point treks that terminate at a specific destination often identified in advance.

A typical day on the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek

We, therefore, encourage you to embark on a day of trekking with us and give you ample time to admire beautiful scenes, take as many photos and interact with members of the local communities. They offer porter services, and though you will be carrying your own personal belongings in a small day sack, an experienced guide and lovely porters will carry your heavy luggage. Food is taken early, about 7-8 am in the morning after tea, and this is the time when each of the day’s walking commences.

Depending on the terrain and elevation, there could be breaks for lunch which is after walking for 3-4 hours and another 2-3 hours to the night’s accommodation lodge. Night is also used in eating more, taking a stroll around the place or other places, and having supper together. Every evening the child and the adult review the day experiences and describe a plan for the following day.

Kanchenjunga trekking cost
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Kanchenjunga base camp trek cost

The Kanchenjunga circuit trek cost $1900 per person. Kanchenjunga trek cost vary based on factors like accommodation, transport, and gear, with a recommended budget of $1900 to $2500. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Accommodation options range from budget-friendly teahouses at $6 to $8 per night to pricier hotels.

Guides and porters, essential for navigating rugged trails, cost $25 to $30 for porters and up to $35 for guides per day. Food and drinks can be expensive, averaging $20 to $25 daily. Trekking in this restricted area requires a $10 local permit and a $2 conservation area permit per person per week.

Insurance for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

It is always advisable to be prepared for an actual trek as well as to have Preparedness that can counteract a sickness or any other distress in the Kanchenjunga region. Some necessities include medical insurance, and any travel insurance must include coverage to cover medical expenses as well as evacuation by helicopter in high-altitude regions. Due to the remote location of the Kanchenjunga region, insurance is strongly recommended and costs between $100 and $300 for a good travel insurance policy. Insurance advisory is something that, although we can suggest insurance companies with, we ourselves are not in the business of selling insurance policies. In order to participate in the trekking excursions, trekkers must have appropriate insurance coverage.

Additional expenses of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Additional expenses not included in the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek package may include meals and accommodations in Kathmandu, visa fees, travel insurance, beverages, snacks, trekking crew tips, and souvenirs. It’s recommended that cash be brought in dollars, which can be exchanged for Nepalese rupees in Kathmandu. This additional cost for the Kanchenjunga circuit trek can differ depending on the group of people or even the individual.

ATM in Kanchenjunga Trek

ATMs are scarce along the Kanchenjunga base camp trek in Nepal, with the last ones typically found in Bhadrapur and Taplejung. Once you leave these areas, carrying enough cash for your trek is advisable as you won’t find ATMs in the remote regions.

Lodges along the trek do not accept card payments, so cash in Nepalese rupees is essential. While dollars and euros are not accepted, you can exchange them for Nepalese currency in Bhadrapur or Taplejung before starting your trek. It’s crucial to plan the money accordingly to ensure you have enough cash for your entire journey.

FAQs

Can we trek to Kanchenjunga?

Yes, the Nepal government issues permit for all foreigners to trek to the Kanchenjunga base camp. There is a different route to trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp and Trek to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Our Kanchenjunga Circuit Itinerary here takes you to both of these Base camps, completing one Circuit. Almost all treks to Kanchenjunga starts from Taplejung.

However, you cannot trek beyond the Kanchenjunga base camp without a climbing permit. Along with a special permit, you will also need climbing experts and porters.

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