KANCHENJUNGA CIRCUIT TREK

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3rd highest mountain in the world Off the beaten trek Experience the glacier walk rather than normal walk Mesmerizing view of native vegetation,alpine pass,high mountains and glaciers Scenic view of different flora and fauna Get close to ethnic community and their lifestyle Experience amazing adventure

Overview

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is one of the finest trekking routes in Nepal. This remote mountain trail in the eastern part of Himalayas is best suited for trekkers and nature lovers who love peace and desolation. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 28,169 feet (8586meters) from sea level. Located in the far eastern region of Nepal and extending to the border of Sikkim Kanchenjunga is the part of “The Great Himalaya Range”. The name Kanchenjunga is derived from the Tibetan word “Kang-Chen-Zod-Nga” meaning “The Five Treasures of Snow” and in fact the mountain consists of five separate peaks. Kanchenjunga trekking route can be used from Sikkim side too. The peak is considered holy by the people of Sikkim and climbers have always stopped just short of the summit out of respect for the mountain.

Kanchenjunga circuit trek offers great landscape and infinite variety of flora and fauna and spectacular panoramic view of Himalayas. Most of the part of Kanchenjunga is covered and protected under Kanchenjunga National Park also called Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and is full of exceptional natural, ethnic and cultural diversity. Kanchenjunga circuit trek offers an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Himalaya and trekking does not get any better than this. You can experience an excellent opportunity to observe the real Nepali lifestyle and be the part of it. You will find villages along the routes full of life and varied from the inhabitants of Limbu and Rai peoples for most of the lower hilly regions and valleys and Sherpas of the higher altitudes regions.

Kanchenjunga circuit trek is graded as challenging trek because of its remoteness and altitude. With very few trekkers and climbers on the route, you have assured a genuine experience in these beautiful, wild borderlands. Participants should be physically fit enough to walk for at least 6-7 hours a day. The route is less crowded and you will see fewer trekkers. We recommend all the visitors to take this amazing trek and get close to the natural mystery of Kanchenjunga with a well-trained guide, taking a solo trek is not recommended.

You can find permits and fees details in Kanchenjunga Circuit trek permits and fees section.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 meters) & transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trip meeting.

Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Kanyam.

Day 04: Drive to Taplejung and continue to Chiruwa 1185 meters.

Day 05: Trek to Sekathum (1650 meters)

Day 06: Trek to Gyabla (kyapra) 2730 meters.

Day 07: Trek Ghunsa (3595 meters)

Day 08: Trek to Khangpachen (Khambachen) 4050 meters.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Khangpachen (Khambachen) 4050 meters.

Day 10: Trek to Lhonak (4780 meters)

Day 11: Side trip to Pangpema(5143 meters)

Day 12: Trek back to Ghunsa.

Day 13: Trek to Sele La (4290 meters)

Day 14: Trek to Cheram (Tseram ) 3870 meters.

Day 15: Trek to Ramche (4580 meters)

Day 16: Trek to Cheram (Tseram).

Day 17: Trek Tortong (2995 meters)

Day 18: Trek to Sherpaguan / Yamphuding (2080 meters)

Day 19: Trek to Khebang (1910 meters)

Day 20: Trek to Sinam (1200 meters)

Day 21: Drive to Kanyam

Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur and flight to Kathmandu

Day 23: Departure

Physical fitness

Kanchenjunga circuit Trekking is for those who are physically fit and can walk for hours to reach their destination. It is the difficult trek that takes you to the restricted area of Nepal where you need to have permits to trek. As it is said to be a difficult trek, one needs to be physically fit and healthy. Before planning for trekking to Kanchenjunga circuit, you need to check your physical condition by consulting your physician. Similarly, handling the low air pressure, high winds and low temperatures and also practicing to carry the weight can help you through the trip.

Lodging and food

We will be greeting you at the International airport and make your stay possible at one of the 3-star hotels in the town. While you are on the Trek to Kanchenjunga circuit, you will be staying at the Camp/Teahouses/Lodge. The stay may be twin sharing or single(depends on what you want and it is difficult to find a separate bedroom at high above). Likewise, Access the Asia will take you to the best possible place where you can enjoy the hygienic Nepali as well as International food. Accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner at different areas during trekking and in camping as per the holiday plan will be provided. For the Lunch and Dinner, while staying at Kathmandu, you are responsible for the payment. There will be the farewell dinner with every guest after they return from their Trek.

Best Time to travel

Mid Sept to Dec, March to May is the best for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking.

Transport

We will be traveling through tourists bus. If you want to travel in private vehicles, then we can make it possible but it may take extra charges. Flights are also available.

Day 1: Arrive at Katmandu 0/N at hotel

Upon arrival in Kathmandu International Airport you will be welcomed by our Representative with “Access the Asia” placard and then we will be escorted to Hotel with Bed and Breakfast plan.

Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and trip discussion 0/N at hotel

On this day, cultural city guide will meet you at hotel and he/she will guide you around the Kathmandu valley and you will visit UNESCO world heritage sites Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and other cultural and traditional areas nearby these areas. After completion of city tour we will return back to office and meet the team and other participant members and discuss over the trip and we will give you a briefing about tour and we will make sure your all the equipments are ready and in fine condition.

Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Kanyam.

We will take flight to Bhadrapur hot and humid Bhadrapur near India Boarder and drive to Kanyam nice and peaceful tea garden stay overnight at Guest House.

Day 04: Drive to Taplejung and continue to Chiruwa 1185 meters.

Drive toward eastern high way to Taplejung and after Taplejung recently build dirt road to Chiruwa via mitlung and Tawa village about 7 hours stay overnight at Tea house.

Day 05: Trek to Sekathum (1650 meters)

Trek from Chiruwa passing through Tapethok lovely rice field ; from Tapethok restricted area is start following the Ghunsa Khola lead us the Sekatham via Lelep stay overnight at Sekathum. (About 6 hours walk)

Day 06: Trek to Gyabla (kyapra) 2730 meters

The track passes through a series of waterfalls which makes the track slippery in places following continue Ghunsa Khola. A cultural change occurs and locals start to be more Buddhist. You begin seeing yaks, the symbols of the high Himalaya stay overnight at Tea House. (About 8 hours walk)

Day 07: Trek Ghunsa (3595 meters)

Trek lead us along the Ghunsa Khola; deep valley becomes more open appearing lovely Tibetans village Phale. Continue walking through the rhododendrons forest lead us Ghunsa village is like the capital of Kanchenjunga. It’s a large Sherpa village, with a very old monastery stay overnight at tea house. (About 6 hours walk)

Day 08: Trek to Khangpachen (Khambachen) 4050 meters.

Walking continue through the excellent open pine forest lead us Rambuk Kharka. Now we cross several wooden bridges and a section prone to landslides which can alter the trail. Pack lunch is requiring because between Ghunsa and Khambachen not any tea house available; stay overnight at tea house. (About 6 hours walk)

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Khangpachen (Khambachen) 4050 meters.

One of the memorable day entire trekking to Kanchenjunga trek making side trip to Janu Himal base camp. Janu Himal is known by Kumbhakarna attractive snow caped Himalayan peak in the Kanchenjunga region of Nepal.

Day 10: Trek to Lhonak (4780 meters)

We trek up a wide valley next to the glacier with excellent views on both sides. The trail becomes rough with large boulders and accommodation in Lhonak is basic but views are great and a large grassy plain for camping stay overnight at Tea house. (About 5 hours trek)

Day 11: Side trip to Pangpema(5143 meters)

Accommodation at the teahouse in Pangpema is not available and mostly tea house/ lodge base trek makes day hikes to Pangpema from Lhonak. Trekking through the side of Kanchenjunga Glacier lead us to Pangpema (5143 meters) also known by Kanchenjunga noth base camp. Exploring around and capturing Images of Kanchenjunga back to Lhonak following the same trail we walk earlier stay overnight at Tea house. (About 7 hours walk.

Day 12: Trek back to Ghunsa.

We trek back to Ghunsa taking same trail we walked up earlier day stay overnight at Ghunsa. (About 7 hours walk)

Day 13: Trek to Sele La (4290 meters)

Our trek begins to direction of Kanchenjunga south base camp, In Sele La there is only very basic tea house or better word to say hut. Many trekkers have spotted snow leopards in this section of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek stay overnight at tea house. (About 4 hours trek)

Day 14: Trek to Cheram (Tseram ) 3870 meters.

From the top of the Sinion la pass (4440 meters) in the clear weather we can see the Mount Makalu and Everest view. Leaving behind Ghunsa valley continues toward to south side via middle pass Mirginla La 4480 meters continue over Sinelapche Bhanjyang 4646 meters highest pass. There is no teahouse in between Sele Le to Cheram, so a packed lunch is needed. From the Last pass Sinepalche trail lead steep downhill to Tseram stay overnight at Tea house. (About 8 hours trek)

Day 15: Trek to Ramche (4580 meters)

Trek toward to Ramche about 4 hours gently climbing up hill. Basic Accommodation is available at Ramche. If weather is clear hike up to Oktang view point 4730 meters for view for Kanchenjunga south stay overnight at Ramche.

Day 16: Trek to Cheram (Tseram).

Morning hike up to Oktang view point for Kanchenjunga south view. After enjoying views of the majestic Kanchenjunga peak; back to Ramche and have lunch. After lunch trek back to Cheram (Tseram) stay overnight at tea house. (About 5 hours walk)

Day 17: Trek Tortong (2995 meters)

Leaving behind green clean valley Cheram, today late breakfast in Tseram and trek down to Tortong following simbu Khola overnight at tea house. (About 4 hours walk)

Day 18: Trek to Sherpaguan / Yamphuding (2080 meters)

A little tough with frequent accents and descents. Yamphuding is the biggest village on the south side of Kanchenjunga, Kanchenjunga restricted area is end here in Yamphuding stay overnight at Tea house. (About 9 hours walk)

Day 19: Trek to Khebang (1910 meters)

Trail descent through the forest, cardamom field and through the Limbu village lead us to Khebang village stay overnight at tea house. (About 6 hours trek)

Day 20: Trek to Sinam (1200 meters)

Walking through the beautiful local village and cardamom field lead us to Pedang. Following the Kabeli Khola finally lead us to Sinam village and dirt road connected in this hilly region and from here we will drive our way to Bhadrapur next morning stay overnight at Sinam (about 6 hours trek)

Day 21: Drive to Kanyam

Drive back to Kanyam stay overnight at tea house in beautiful tea garden in Nepal.

Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur and flight to Kathmandu

Drive to Bhadrapur and flight to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel stay overnight at Hotel Kathmandu.

Day 23: Departure.

Now it’s time to say good bye. Access the Asia would like to thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope you had a wonderful trek with us. We arrive in Tribhuvan international airport 3 hours before the schedule flight a representative from Access The Asia will accompany you. Good Bye. Have a Safe Journey back home.

Date & Price

All Trekking in Nepal,Himalaya Trek,Peak Climbing-Access The Asia Treks adventure travel trips are small group departures and therefore places can fill quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book your trip as soon as possible.

Dates & Prices

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If our fixed departure dates are not convenient for you or your group, we can also arrange private departures on all of our small group tours. Private group departures will follow the same itineraries as our usual small group tours, or itineraries may be tailormade to suit your own convenient tour date/budgets.

Itineraries may be tailor-made to suit your dates. So if you can’t find a date to suit you or if you want to have your very own tour just with your friends or family then we can help you.

Customised Private Groups:

For most of our usual tours, or itineraries, where there is a group numbering 2 or more, we can customise and organise private group trip(s) where we design the itinerary and activities exclusively for you, according to your requirements and budgets, such as Honeymoon, Anniversary, Family, Scouts, School, College, Fundraising or Charity trips. Find out more about our private group tours.

To enquire about booking a private departure of this tour or about organising your own private group tour, please fill in the form below and we will get back to you shortly with details.

Many of you may be confused or are totally unknown for what to pack while trekking. Here are some lists of equipment/gear that may be helped for you as gears are the key thing of every trekker.

Head:

  1. Hat
  2. Woolen hat
  3. Scarf
  4. Mask (to prevent yourself from dust)
  5. Sunglass

Clothing (Body)

  1. 3x T-short
  2. 2x thermals topsDown jacket
  3. 2x trekkers pants
  4. Waterproof pants & Jacked

Hands:

  1. Poly lines gloves
  2. Woolen gloves
  3. Heavy weight gloves

Feet:

  1. Trekking boots
  2. Flip flop
  3. 2x inner socks
  4. 3x woolen socks
  5. Sneakers

Accessories

  1. Head light with extra batteries
  2. sleeping bag (Above -10)
  3. Dry pack
  4. Water bottle
  5. Chemo bag
  6. Walking poles
  7. Alarm watch
  8. Day pack (No more then 15kg)
  9. Camera with extra batteries

Personal hygiene:

  1. Towel
  2. Shampoo & soap
  3. Toothpaste & toothbrush
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Lip guard
  6. Body wipes
  7. Female hygiene products (for female client)
  8. Deodorant

Medical:

  1. Personal first aid kit
  2. Dimox or acetylzolamide
  3. Headache pills
  4. Diarrhea pills
  5. Cough / cold medicine
  6. Water purification tablets
  7. Contact lens supplies

Note:

  1. Since of the above mentioned gear down jacket and sleeping bag can be rented.
  2. Our guide will carry a first aid kit but it’s better to have your own.
  3. Bring the entertaining materials as per need.

Cost includes

  1. Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  2. 3 star hotel in Kathmandu (4 nights or 3 nights as per holiday plan), welcome dinner
  3. Sightseeing at Kathmandu with city guide (Cultural and Traditional heritage sites)
  4. Duffle bag, Sleeping bag, Down jacket (Sleeping Bag and Down jacket must be returned after the trek is completed)
  5. Experienced Government license holder Trekking Guide, Porter (We provide 1 porter for two trekkers), climbing guide, assistant guide and other staffs as per the holiday plan.
  6. Entrance fee for various conservation areas, Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) fee
  7. Flight or Bus fare as per the holiday plan
  8. Accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner at different places during trekking and in camping as per the holiday plan
  9. Farewell dinner
  10. Accommodation in star rated hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  11. All government taxes
Cost excludes
  1. Visa Charge to Nepal and International flight fare
  2. Lunch and Dinner while staying at Kathmandu.
  3. Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  4. International airfare and airport departure tax
  5. Hot and cold drinks, alcoholic drinks
  6. Climbing gear (As per your request we can hire it for you)
  7. Additional charges for service added included in holiday plan.

FAQ

It is full of adventures and is completely different from the one that is in your country. Its trekking trails are rugged and rough and take you to minimum altitude of 3000 m and maximum to 5000 m plus.

If you are physically fit, who can walk minimum of 4 hours then it is definitely for you. The minimum trekking altitude ranges from 2000 m plus and can go up to the maximum altitude of 5000 m plus.

Yes, you will, because you will be trekking in the remotest himalayan region of the world, where you are not familar with its trail, villages, people, and their culture. There, the local people do not speak English much, so you need a trekking guide, who can speak their language and Nepali.

Children under age 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Above this will be accompanied by a guide.

They are because Access the Asia gives the topmost priority to their safety.

Climbing peak or trekking peak is an easy peak whose summit can be reached within 1 or 2 days. Its height ranges 6000 m plus. Some trekking peaks are Island Peak, Yala Peak, and Mera Peak.

It must include the terms and conditions that you need while trekking in the Himalayan Region in an altitude of 4000 m to 6000 m. Your travel insurance company must provide you Helicopter Evacuation Service. Normally, it will cost you up to US $5000 in Nepal. If you are coming to Nepal for climbing then you must do climbing insurance in your country as well. Carefully check the terms and conditions of your insurance company, especially what they cover during trekking and climbing.

US $ 20 a day is enough to buy a bottle of mineral water, tea, coffee and so on in the remote Himalayan Region.

Yes, you should. There is no fixed rates for tipping. Its up to you. But how much you tip should be reasonable.

The trekking guides of Access the Asia are well - trained in the first aid; they also carry the first aid box and do the necessary treatment for you.

You will be flown to Kathmandu in a helicopter for medical attention.

Lodge or guest house accommodation.

Lodge, where, you will have meal, provides you drinking water. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation costs US$ 1, but at higher elevation, it can cost up to US $4.

Lodges and guest houses.

No. But it will always be its responsibility to finish your trip on time and to follow the itinerary.

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