Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is an unforgettable trekking experience in the lap of world’s third highest mountain that is located in the far north-eastern part of Nepal. The word ‘Kanchenjunga’ is derived from the Old Tibetan language which literally translates to ‘Five Treasures of Snow’. The five treasures of snow being Gold, Silver, Precious Stones, Grain and Holy Scriptures.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a rather demanding trek due to its remoteness and also because of the high altitude. The exploration of the untouched and unbeaten region of Kanchenjunga is truly a dream come true trekking experience for keen and interested trekkers of the world. Apart from the trekking experience, wild animals such as Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear and Red Panda can be seen in this region.
- Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to Hotel
- Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Day 3: Fly to Suketar or Bhadrapur and drive to Suketar (2420m / 45 min flight & 9 hrs drive)
- Day 4: Trek to Mitlung (920m / 5-6 hrs trek)
- Day 5: Trek to Chiruwa (1270m / 4-5 hrs trek)
- Day 6: Trek to Sekathum (1580m / 5-6 hrs trek)
- Day 7: Trek to Amjilosa (2310m / 5-6 hrs trek)
- Day 8: Trek to Gyabla (2730m / 6-7 hrs trek)
- Day 9: Trek to Ghumsa (3550m / 5-6 hrs trek)
- Day 10: Rest day at Ghumsa
- Day 11: Trek to Khambachen (4050m / 5-6 hrs trek)
- Day 12: Trek to Lhonak (4780m / 6-7 hrs trek)
- Day 13: Hike to Pangpema view point (5390m / 3-4 hrs trek) and back to Lhonak
- Day 14: Trek to Ghunsa (4-5 hrs trek)
- Day 15: Trek to Sele La base camp (4200m / 5-6 hrs trek)
- Day 16: Trek to Cheram (3870m / 3-4 hrs trek)
- Day 17: Trek to Ramche (4580m / 5-6 hrs Trek)
- Day 18: Trek to Yalung base camp (4500m / 4-5 hrs trek) and back to Cheram
- Day 19: Trek to Tortong (2300m / 5-6 hrs trek)
- Day 20: Trek to Yamphudin (2080m / 5-6 hrs trek)
- Day 21: Trek to Mamangkhe (1785m / 5-6 hrs trek)
- Day 22: Trek to Ksesuwa (2120m / 5-6 hrs trek)
- Day 23: Trek to Lalikharka (2270m / 5-6 hrs trek)
- Day 24: Trek to Suketar (4-5 hrs trek)
- Day 25: Fly to Kathmandu or drive to Bhadrapur (9 hrs drive)
- Day 26: Sightseeing in Kathmandu or fly to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur
- Day 27: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Day 28: Final Departure
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to hotel
Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted by a representative of Beyond Borders Ethical Adventures and transferred to your hotel. You will also get a short briefing about your trip. After a long flight you might want to rest at the hotel or you can make a short walk for some fresh air.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
After breakfast we will start a sightseeing tour to some of the historical attractions inside Kathmandu valley. It is not possible to visit all the attraction sites in one day so we will choose a few places to visit.
In the afternoon we will make sure that you have all the necessary equipments needed for the trek. You will also get some more information about the trek.
Day 03: Fly to Suketar or fly to Bhandrapur and drive to Suketar (2400m / 45 min flight & 9 hrs drive)
In case of good luck you will be able to go with the direct flight from Kathmandu to Suketar, contact Beyond Borders Ethical Adventures to know the flight status for your preferred dates.
Today we will take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. The fight takes around 45 minutes. From Biratnagar we will take a drive towards Suketar which is the starting point of the trek.
Day 04:Trek from Suketar to Mitlung (920m / 5-6 hrs trek)
Today we leave Suketar and start our trekking. Our trail is a rather easy trekking as we gradually descend down to Tamur river. From there our trekking is through paddy fields to the small farming village of Mitlung for our overnight stay.
Day 05: Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa (1270m / 4-5 hrs trek)
From Mitlung we will follow the ascending trail for some time before descending down to the village of Sinwa. This village has a school so we will visit the school before trekking further. After that our trek passes through Tawa and from there our trail is a combination of several ups and downs towards Chiruwa for the overnight stay.
Day 06: Trek from Chiruwa to Sekathum (1580m / 5-6 hrs trek)
After breakfast we leave Chiruwa and then trek over an ascending trail for about forty minutes. Then our further trek is a gentle descending journey through the meadows towards the park office. We will make a stop at the registration office for registration. After that our trail drops down for the crossing of Tamur river. After crossing the river we trek further to arrive at Sekathum.
Day 07: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2310m / 5-6 hrs trek)
Our trek today is rather challenging one as the trail becomes narrow and slippery. Following several ups and down we trek passing along Solima. Our trail from there is a mixture of ascending and descending trek to arrive at Amjilosa for the overnight stay.
Day 08: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m / 6-7 hrs trek)
After breakfast we leave Amjilosa and follow the trail filled with rhododendron, oak trees. A rather easy trekking will lead us to the small Tibetan settlement of Gyabla. The environment here at Gyabla is similar to the alpine region. Here the air is thinner and much less vegetation.
Day 09: Trek from Gyabla to Ghumsa (3550m / 5-6 hrs trek)
From Gyabla we will follow a descending trail that drops down to the river bed. Further trekking is through the pine filled forest towards the settlement of Phole. From Phole a further trek of about two hours will leads us to the Sherpa village of Ghumsa for the overnight stay.
Day 10: Rest day at Ghumsa
Today we will spend our day resting and exploring around Ghumsa. From Ghumsa we can make a hike upto Lapsan La at 4200 m for acclimatization. Here at Ghumsa it is possible to send postcards and make phone calls to the family members back home.
Day 11: Trek from Ghumsa to Khambachen (4050m / 5-6 hrs trek)
From Ghumsa our trekking is along the east bank of the river as we head for the crossing of the bridge at Rampuk Kharka. From there we will continue to trek along the landslide affected area towards Khambachen for the overnight stay.
Day 12: Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak (4780m / 6-7 hrs trek)
After breakfast we leave Khambachen and follow the trail that goes through rocky fields. From there we will trek following several ups and down to arrive at Ghunsa. Our trail from there is a descending trek towards Lhonak for the overnight stay.
Day 13: Hike to Pangpema view point (5390m / 3-4 hrs trek) and back to Lhonak
Today we will make a hike upto Pangpema viewpoint at 5390 meters. Our hike to the top of the viewpoint is rewarded with mind blowing views of Kanchenjunga north face, Kirant Chuli, Chang Himal and other surrounding high peaks of the region. After spending some quality time at the top, we will retrace our steps back to Lhonak.
Day 14: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa (4-5 hrs trek)
We leave Lhonak and then follow the descending trail towards Ramtang. Our trek crosses beautiful landscapes with dense forests filled with rhododendron trees as we approach Ghumsa for our overnight stay.
Day 15: Trek from Ghumsa to Sele La base camp (4200m / 5-6 hrs trek)
From Ghumsa our trail passes through the hydro electricity power plant. From there we will follow an ascending trail that goes through rhododendron and juniper filled forest. Our trek continues as we head towards Sele La base camp for the overnight stay.
Day 16: Trek to Cheram (3870m / 3-4 hrs trek)
After breakfast we leave Sele La and follow the ascending trail that leads to one of the best viewpoints of the trek. With stunning views of east face of Makalu and south face of Jannu we climb towards Mirgin la Pass. From there we drop for some time before climbing again to reach the top of Sinelapche la pass. From the top we will descend down to Cheram.
Day 17: Trek from Cheram to Ramche (4580m / 5-6 hrs trek)
Our trail from Cheram is a gradual ascending trek along the alpine meadows and the moraines of Yalung Glacier. With great views of surrounding high mountains we trek towards Ramche for the overnight stay.
Day 18: Trek to Yalung base camp (4500m / 4-5 hrs trek) and back to Cheram
From Ramche we head towards Yalung base camp that is situated at 4500 meters. After reaching the base camp we will make short excursion around the base camp area and then head back following the same trail to Cheram.
Day 19: Trek from Cheram to Tortong (2300m / 5-6 hrs trek)
After breakfast we will leave Cheram and follow the trail that goes south. We will gently start to descend through forest areas to the banks of Simbuwa river. Our trek continues to pass along beautiful rhododendron forests as we approach Tortong for the overnight stay.
Day 20: Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin (2080m / 5-6 hrs trek)
From Tortong our trail heads for the crossing of the bridge over Simbuwa river. Soon our trek is over the ascending trail as we pass through Dhupi Bhanjyabg and Lasiya Bhanjyang. As we reach the top of the ridge our trail descends towards the Sherpa village of Yamphudin.
Day 21: Trek from Yamphudin to Mamangkhe (1785m / 5-6 hrs trek)
From Yamphudin we will follow the trail that descends down to the west side of Kabeli river. We will continue to trek through the less forest area where there are chortens and prayer flags. From there we will gradually ascend across Kabeli river to reach Mamangkhe for our overnight stay. Mamangkhe is a village inhabited by Limbu tribe community of Nepal.
Day 22: Trek from Mamangkhe to Ksesuwa (2120m / 5-6 hrs trek)
Today we leave Mamangkhe and follow the ascending trail that goes through rice terrace field towards a suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge we will trek towards Phonpe village. From there we will follow a rather easy descending trail towards Ksesuwa.
Day 23: Trek from Ksesuwa to Lalikharka (2270m / 5-6 hrs trek)
After breakfast we will leave Ksesuwa and trek over the trail that has several ups and downs. We will pass along the villages of Kunjari and the further to Bhanjyang with stunning views of Kanchenjunga himal. Entering the Kabeli river valley we carry on our trek as we gradually ascend through densely forested area towards Lalikharka for the overnight stay.
Day 24: Trek from Lalikharka to Suketar (4-5 hrs trek)
Today is the last day of trekking at Kanchenjunga circuit trek. After breakfast we leave Lalikharka and trek passing through settlements. Soon our trail is an ascending trek towards Deurali. From there we will follow a gradual descending trail all the way to Suketar. In the evening we will celebrate the successful completion of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.
Day 25: Drive to Bhadrapur (alt. direct flight from Suketar to Kathmandu)
After breakfast we will take a drive from Suketar towards Bhadrapur. During our drive journey we can see the daily activities of local people residing along the road.
In case of good luck the flight will be available from the recently black topped airstrip in Suketar. Contact Beyond Borders Ethical Adventures to know the flight status for your planned dates.
Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu / Sightseeing
Today we will take a scenic flight from Bhadrapur and fly back to Kathmandu.
In case you managed to get the flight from Suketar yesterday we spend the day with Kathmandu sightseeing.
Day 27: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
In the morning the ones who want can come to a nearby Buddhist monastery to participate in the morning ceremony performed by the monks. We come back to the hotel for breakfast and start off with a drive into central Kathmandu where we make a walk in the old city of where we see the courtyards and backstreets and find out the legends behind them, a wonderful way to understand the mystic of the city. We cross the different local markets, food, spices, glass beads and whatever else one might need. We round up at the Palace square of Kathmandu (Durbar square), one of the most impressive UNESCO sites of the valley and we learn about the history of the country.
In the evening we visit Pashupatinath, a big Hindu temple complex where we watch the evening ceremony which is performed every day and focuses on the elements of fire and water, aarti. After the aarti we drive back to Boudha for dinner.
Day 28: Final Departure
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.
Dates & Cost
- Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP)
- Restricted Area Entry Permit for the trail in Tapethok and Yamphuding VDCs
- TIMS (Trekker´s Information Management System)
- Trekking map of Kanchenjunga
- Joint Nepali cultural program and dinner
- 3* hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan
- Best hotel available in Suketar and Bhadrapur on BB plan
- All government taxes and service charges
- Experienced licenceholding guide
- Full board plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent accommodation and sleepingbag) during trek
- Medical kit box
- Food, salary, transport, insurance and accommodation for guide and porters
- Domestic flight tickets
- All ground transportation
- Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu and Bhadrapur
- Water bottles, cold drinks and alcoholic drinks
- Travel and rescue insurance
- International airfares
- Personal expenses such as bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower and phone calls
- Personal equipment and clothing
- Tips for guides and porters
- Nepal visa arrangements