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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking

Trip code
Package name Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking
Duration 29
Max. elevation 5388M m
Level DIFFICULT
Transportation <span style="color: rgb(11, 40, 82); font-family: Poppins, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;" wfd-id="4459">All ground transportation and Flights as per itinerary</span>
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge/Tea house during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 2,100 per person

Overview

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking Overview:


Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking is an excursion to the heavily isolated mountainous region of Nepal. It is located in the border region with India. The trek surpasses your imagination about the beauties of the remote areas and the breathtaking Himalayan white peaks at the vicinity of Kanchenjunga. A fully camping trek is wonderful on this route.

Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) is the third highest mountain in the world. It has got five stunning and snowy summits that bear the quality to be the queen of the mountains. The Kanchenjunga circuit trek includes both South and North base camp. It is a perfect example of the fabulous remote trek in the Himalayas. The trail is rugged, rocky and includes various ups and downs on the trail. But the trail in the northern part is quite improved. The traverse between the south and north base camp is amazingly pleasant, where you can have an experience of walking through the highly wild areas. The trail is not only peaceful but also the views of wild animals and birds are awesome in the Kanchenjunga National Park. Kanchenjunga trek is spectacular to explore the indigenous culture and lifestyle. Limbu, Rai, and Sherpa are mainly populated groups in this area. They offer Tongba while passing their village, which is so amazing in the cooler places, which gives warmth. It is a traditional alcoholic drink, made of millet. In the lower part, mixed villages are found and in the alpine zone, Tibetan Buddhists’ communities are found.

The Himalayan views of Kanchenjunga North, Chang Himal, Kirat chuli, and other neighboring peaks can be explored during the Kanchenjunga circuit trek. Lhonak, Ramche, Pangpema, Yalung glacier are some of the super scenic places and viewpoints. Vertex Holiday excellently organizes these treks with fully arranged trips. Expert guides, porters, and camping teams are provided for the trek. September-November and March-May are the best Kanchenjunga trekking seasons.

Highlights

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m), transfer to hotel

Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival at Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and assist you to the hotel. After getting refreshed,  a short briefing and orientation will be conducted by our trekking leaders. The evening is reserved for  dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with  Nepali cultural program. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 : Full day Cultural Tours in Kathmandu valley/ Trip Preparation and briefing.

After breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, these include UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and medieval arts and architecture. Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. However, there are in total of seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Returning back from the sightseeing tour, you get a short trip briefing. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 : Fly to Biratnagar and Drive to Taplejung (1442m), 45 min flight, 5-6 hrs Drive.

After breakfast, we drive to the airport and fly to Biratnagar. It takes about 40 min exploring the breathtaking views of the snow-covered Himalayas. Landing at Biratnagar, you meet the further crew and drive to Taaplejung, which is the gateway of the Kanchenjunga circuit trekking.

Day 4 : Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung (920m). 4-5 hrs

Heading from Taplejung, we follow the Tamur Riverbank, which is a wonderful trail. It emerges into the core of the Himalayas and flows down making numerous gorges. Walking through the sub-tropical forest, we continually walk to Mitlung, a scenic pastoral village, located on the terraced hillside.

Day 5 : Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa (1270m). 4-5 hrs

Having breakfast, we  climb up to the ridge and climb down gradually to the Sinuwa village. A primary school is located in the village. Villagers have a typical lifestyle whose profession is based on agriculture. Then we pass through Tawa and head uphill. Crossing a bridge, we reach to Thiwa. Climbing up to the hill ridge, we can view the breathtaking Chiruwa valley and reach there in a couple of hours.

Day 6 : Trek from Chiruwa Trek to Sekathum (1576m). 5-6 hrs

Right at the beginning, we climb up for half an hour and see the extensive valley. from the peak point, we descend to the grazing meadow and we register to the Kanchenjunga National park office. Walking down to the Tamur Riverbank, we cross the bridge and head through the wide and relatively easy trail, gradually to Sekathum.

Day 7 : Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2308m). 5-6 hrs

The trail is heavily isolated and off-the-beaten. Walking through the narrow canyon, we climb up gradually uphill and again trek down from the ridge and cross the suspension bridge. Solima is the next village that we arrive in. Again the trail leads us down to the River bed and crossing it, we climb up through the winding trail and we finally arrive at Amjilosa, where some houses of the Tibetan influenced people lies.

Day 8 : Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m). 6-7 hrs

From Amjilosa, our journey goes through the dense woods of various floras. Oak, rhododendron, and bamboo are some of the species that are dotted along the trail. With a gradual climb to the uphill side, we arrive at Gyabla, which is a Tibetan influenced village having traditional lifestyles and ways of living.

Day 9 : Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3550m). 5-6 hrs

Right at the beginning, we trek down to the River bed. Then we walk through the alpine forest and the valley widens as far as we walk. We can see numerous tiny settlements that are used by the Yak herders. Ghunsa is about a couple of hours to reach from here. It is populated by the indigenous Sherpa people. After a short rest, we set out to see the hydropower project in Ghunsa.

Day 10 : Rest and acclimatization day at Ghunsa.

While walking in the alpine altitude, we need acclimatization and strong physical fitness. Thus, we spend an acclimatization day and rest for several hours. If you prefer to hike, we can climb up to Lapsan La at 4200 meters. Some basic facilities are available at Ghunsa, including the communication service.

Day 11 : Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen (4050m). 5-6 hrs

Following the east bank of the River, we begin our trek from Ghunsa. Near the cattle grazing meadow, we cross the bridge and walk thoroughly exploring the numerous cascading waterfalls. Then the landslide affected area comes, where we should be careful not to get hampered by the continuous stone falling. Arriving at the ridge, we can get the stunning sight of the Jannu peak. Then we walk further and arrive at Khambachen.

Day 12 : Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak (4780m). 6-7 hrs

After breakfast, we take the northern trail along the bank of the river. As we walk on the high altitude, the trail is almost icy and slippery. Crossing a suspension bridge, we climb up to the Ramtang, where a big grazing meadow lies. Then we pass through Ghunsa and walk through the narrow trail that leads us to Lhonak ultimately.

Day 13 : Hike to the Pangpema view point (5388m) and back to Lhonak. 3-4 hrs

We set out for the hiking to Pangpema (5388m), which is a striking view of the Kanchenjunga peak. We need to cross the route of the glacier and pass the landslide area to reach Pangpema. It is very much adventurous. But the base camp is flat. The view of spectacular valleys, tree line, Himalayan views of Kanchenjunga North, Chang Himal, Kirat chuli and other neighboring peaks can be explored. Then we back to Lhonak and stay.

Day 14 : Trek back from Lhonak to Ghunsa. 4-5 hrs

From Lhonak, we walk down to the Ramtang valley. This route is famous to view wild animals, including the blue sheep. Perhaps, it is one of the wonderful spots to explore the wildlife in the Kanchenjunga National Park. Walk continually till we reach to Ghunsa and rest.

Day 15 : Trek from Ghunsa to Sele La base camp (4200m) 5-6 hrs

We take a trail through the hydro-electricity plant and climb up to the rhododendron and juniper forest. Gradually, we continue stepping uphill on a ridge. Then we walk on the south side of the ridge and reach the Sele le base camp at 4200 meters.

Day 16 : Trek to Cheram (3870m). 3-4 hrs

As we have our breakfast, we begin our excursion to the ridge and eventually, we will be encountered with the fabulous sceneries of the Makalu East and Jannu West. Then we cross the Mirgin La pass at 4730 meters. Then we trek down through the steep trail and ultimately arrive at Cheram.

Day 17 : Trek from Cheram to Ramche (4580m). 5-6 hrs

We need to be highly acclimatized to head in this high altitude. The route goes through the alpine meadows that are beautifully surrounded by the high snowy peaks. The evening sunset view is stunning over the Himalayas, where we can have a memorable experience to explore such heavenly scenery.

Day 18 : Trek to Yalung base camp (4500m) and back to Cheram. 4-5 hrs

Using some climbing equipment, we reach to Yalung base camp. It is compared with peak climbing where you need to use the peak climbing skill. Then we have some precious moments at the base camp and retrace to Cheram through the same route.

Day 19 : Trek from Cheram to Tortong (2995m). 5-6 hrs

We find the tree line after descending from Cheram. Continually walking down, we reach to the Simbuwa River and walking steadily, we arrive at Tortong, which is located beside the River. There are some tea houses too. Selecting a good place to camp, we settle down.

Day 20 : Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin (2080m). 5-6 hrs

We leave Tortong and walk to the Simbuwa Khola. There we cross a bridge and walk through the river bank. After that, we climb up to Lasiya Bhanjyang. Again we climb down to the River and gradually climb up the hill to the picturesque Sherpa village of Yamphudin.

Day 21 : Trek from Yamphudin to Mamangkhe (1785m). 5-6 hrs

From Yamphudin, today we trek down to the Kabbeli Khola through the dense woods. We will climb a switchback towards a ridge and see the Buddhist prayer flags over the ridge. People make stone cranes at this point. Descending to the river and walk across, we reach to the Mamankhre village.

Day 22 : Trek from Mamangkhe to Kesuwa (2120m). 5-6 hrs

The beginning trail from Mamankhe is gradual uphill through the terraced rice fields. Then we descend to the river and cross the suspension bridge to head towards the Phonpe village. again the trail goes downhill that offers the dramatic panoramas of the long waterfalls that takes the shape of small streams. Then we head continually to Kesuwa, which is populated by the indigenous groups- Limbu.

Day 23 : Kesuwa to Lalikharka (2265m). 5-6 hrs

The route is not that much technical, but it has got various ups and down. The terraced hillside and forest can be seen spectacular. As we walk, the villages of Kunjari and Bhanjyang. At the backdrop, the beautiful Kanchenjunga and Kabru peaks dazzle. Then we walk through the Kabbeli Khola valley and climb up gradually to our destination- Lalikharka.

Day 24 : Trek from Lalikharka to Taplejung. 4-5 hrs

After breakfast, we leave Lalikharka. This is also the last day of the trek. We walk through the terraced fields and wonderful valleys. The zig zag trail with various ups down, we arrive at Taplejung. Enjoy the evening walking around.

Day 25 : Drive back to Biratnagar.

We take a drive to Biratnagar from Taplejung. As we arrive quite early, we spend time on our personal tasks like: bathing, some light washing and visiting around the town. In the evening, we celebrate the success of the Kanchenjunga circuit trek. Overnight at lodge.

Day 26 : Fly back to Kathmandu

Fly back from Biratnager to Kathmandu

Day 27 : Bhaktapur sightseeing and farewell dinner.

This is a great day to explore the ancient town- Bhaktapur. It is a half day trip. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an old Newari town, where mediaeval architectures, pagoda style temples, pottery square and various other attractions lie there. After the tour, drive back to Kathmandu and join the dinner in the evening at typical Nepali restaurant. We have a special moment. Overnight at hotel.

Note: in case the flight gets cancelled, today is the reserve day for that. Weather change is normal in the mountain region.

Day 28 : Departure.

Having a good memory with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your departure.

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