Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking

Trip Fact

  1. Trip Code:
    KCT
  2. Trip Price:
    from $1995 USD
Group Price for This Trip
No. of people Price
1 - 1 US$ 2500
2 - 5 US$ 2200
6 - 10 US$ 1995

Duration: 26 Days

Trip Grade: Strenous

Best Season: Sep-Dec/March-April

Activities: Trekking

Altitude Max: 5400

Group Size: 2-10

Transportation: Private Vehicle, Flight Ticket and Public Vehicle

Accomodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Home Stay/Tent during the trekking

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

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Trip Highlight

Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world combined with the exploration of remote eastern Nepal makes the trek very unique. The area is famous for musk deer, blue ship and recounts tales of the Yeti. Limbu and Sherpa culture and hospitality is very welcoming yet, parts of the terrain is without habitation and still unexplored. Unique insight into rural lifestyle and rich Nepali culture makes the trip even more outstanding as the route is less trailed by travelers.

At a glance

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a well trailed route despite being a journey into the wilderness as the region bears a mild topographically and is easily accessible. Kanchenjunga meaning Treasures of Snow stands 28,198ft tall, the third highest peak in the world. Considered a remote trek through Eastern Nepal, the trail passes restricted areas and takes the periphery of border to the Indian state of Sikkim.

After a flight to Biratnagar and a four hour drive to Basantpur, the trek starts. Hille. The trail climbs through the settlements of the yak herders, Sherpa and Chhetri villages with a backdrop of the Kanchenjunga massif. Crossing the ridge towards the Tamur River, panoramic views of Makalu and Chamlang appear. The trail crosses the Mewa Khola at Dobhan and follows the Tamur Koshi. Dense rhododendron, pine and oak forests pass along the way.

At Ghusna, a Sherpa village, prayer flags and gompas can be seen in plenty. Jannu and other unclimbed peaks can be seen from a monastery nearby. The trail passes through the edge of Kanchenjunga Glacier. After crossing the junction of Lhonak Glacier and the valley, we come to an extraordinarily beautiful clearing with magnificent landscape of unspeakable beauty where we set camps for the day. Lhonaks exploration continues for some days which includes the going to Pangpema to view Kanchenjungas north face. The slowly descending through Tortong, Yamphudim, Khebang, Phakholing, and Tharpu, we reach Bhadrapur from where we take a flight back to Kathmandu.

Kanchenjunga Trekking route can be use from Nepal and Sikkim side too, where we can find many mysterious stories concerning on Himalayan Yeti, the abdominal snowman is believed to be found in this region. Kanchenjunga trek is a special and unforgettable destination among the trekkers because of its landscape, amazing scenery of land. We can see huge wildlife during the trekking such as snow Leopard, Musk deer, Red Panda many more. Kanchenjunga Trekking trail has more exciting and challenging and popular organizing trip to situated in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which is spread over 2,035m sq km from increase in wildlife diversities also many threatened species of birds such as Impedance Pheasant, Red Billed blue Magpie, Shy Dragon, Amphibian and Mammals are found in this region and preserved including Snow-leopard, Himalayan black Bear, Musk Deer, Red Panda etc. While, Passing along this trekking trail will provide us to observe the remarkable valleys with their an amazing culture, traditions of the local inhabitants, magnificent views of the frozen lake crystal clear stream, Okthan glacier, an amazing ascend of Rathong and Kabru , glacial excursion around Ramche etc are the best point view of the Kanchenjunga trekking trail.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrive Kathmandu

Day 2 :Trek preparation day

Day 3 :Fly Bhadrapur - Drive to Ilam. Approx. 4-5 hrs drive.

Day 4 :Drive to Suketar ((2,420m/7938ft),) 6 hrs

Day 5 :From Suketar trek to Lalikharka (2265m/7,431ft) 5 hrs

Day 6 :Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m/6,955ft) 6 hrs

Day 7 :Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft) 6 hrs

Day 8 :Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft) 6 hrs

Day 9 :Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft) 5 hrs

Day 10 :Tortong to Cheram (3,870m/12,696ft)

Day 11 :Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest

Day 12 :Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m/15,026ft) 5 hrs

Day 13 :Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), 6 hrs

Day 14 :Cheram to Sele La (4290m/ 14,074ft) 6 hrs

Day 15 :Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595/11,794) 6 hrs

Day 16 :Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m/13,287ft) 5 hrs

Day 17 :Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft) 7 hrs

Day 18 :Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Kambachen (4,780m) 6 hrs

Day 19 :Kambachen to Phale ( 3215m) . 6 hrs

Day 20 :Phale to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft) 6 hrs

Day 21 :Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m/4,166ft) 6 hrs

Day 22 :Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549/5,082ft) 7 hrs

Day 23 :Phurumbu to Suketar 7 hrs

Day 24 :Suketar to Biratnagar Drive 8 hrs

Day 25 :Fly to Kathmandu (1330m)

Day 26 :Final departure or onward for next program

Cost Include

  • Airports pick up & drop by private Vehicle
  • Standard accommodation in Kathmandu on BB base breakfast included. (3 nights on twin sharing)
  • 3 times meal during the trek 
  • Twin sharing Tea house /home stay accommodation while you are on trekking
  • A professional English speaking Guide during the trek
  • purify drinking water for the trek.
  • All special trekking permits & fees
  • Flight From KTM to Bhadrapur and from Biratnagar to KTM
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag by Green Valley Nepal Treks (return after the trek )
  • A general group first aid kit during the trek
  • All our government taxes, Tourist service charge, vat and official expense

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Your travel/medical insurance (compulsory)
  • International airfare and Nepal entry visa fee
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Porter and Private Transport on request 
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrive KathmanduArrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek.

Day 2 :Trek preparation day After breakfast, you will be introduced to the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring along your passport three passport-sized photos and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last-minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square et cetera is also arranged as per request.

Day 3 :Fly Bhadrapur - Drive to Ilam. Approx. 4-5 hrs drive.The flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur takes around 45 minutes and offers a bird’s eye view of the terrain below. We then take a five hour drive to the beautiful Ilam, where we stay in a lodge.

Day 4 :Drive to Suketar ((2,420m/7938ft),) 6 hrs We plan to drive to Suketar. The Kanchenjunga region is home to Sherpa, Limbu, Rai, and Gurung people, and Taplejung/ Suketar is the gateway to the region. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 5 :From Suketar trek to Lalikharka (2265m/7,431ft) 5 hrs Today’s trail passes through dense patches of sub-tropical rainforest and follows the valley, from village to tributary crossings and up again. The region is home to ethnic Kirantis, now known as Limbus, who are chiefly involved in traditional agriculture. After Deurali we will reach Lalikharka.

Day 6 :Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m/6,955ft) 6 hrs We begin our trek to Khesewa after breakfast. It is mostly an easy descent until Phundrawa. From here we begin our ascent. It is a steep climb until Yangpang from where we climb steadily up until Phumphe Danda followed by another ascent to Khesewa. Our trek will be through forests and small villages. Overnight in Khesewa

Day 7 :Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft) 6 hrs After breakfast, we begin our trek towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests before crossing a small stream. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages. Overnight in Mamankhe

Day 8 :Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft) 6 hrs Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an easy trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk, we also admire the beautiful ridge behind the stream. We continue our walk and admire a beautiful waterfall nearby. After walking for some time, we cross a small suspension bridge. We pass through small settlements before reaching Yamphudin to spend the night.

Day 9 :Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft) 5 hrs We begin our walk on a path commonly used by the villagers and pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along the way, we have the constant company of the Himalayas to enjoy. Our walk will be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong. Overnight in Tortong.

Day 10 :Tortong to Cheram (3,870m/12,696ft)We begin our steady climb to Cheram after breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy walking on the beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak for the company for the most part of today’s journey. We pass through the thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier. Overnight in Cheram.

Day 11 :Cheram: Acclimatization and RestWe spend a day in Cheram which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day resting and taking part in small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Yalung Glacier. There is also a viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks. Overnight in Cheram

Day 12 :Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m/15,026ft) 5 hrs We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Cheram, we ascend for some time before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. Overnight in Ramche.

Day 13 :Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), 6 hrs From Ramche, we walk further up the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We descend and spend the night at Cheram.

Day 14 :Cheram to Sele La (4290m/ 14,074ft) 6 hrs We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass we continue to Mirgin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far. From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail which is very near to the Sele La pass. We cross the pass. Overnight in Sele La.

Day 15 :Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595/11,794) 6 hrs We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We reach a chorten marked by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch, and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village of houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags. Overnight in Ghunsa.

Day 16 :Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m/13,287ft) 5 hrs From Ghunsa, we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past a waterfall, and cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night.

Day 17 :Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft) 7 hrs Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak.

Day 18 :Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Kambachen (4,780m) 6 hrs From Lhonak, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. After passing Pangpema we descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the base camp is extraordinary. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal, and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. We descend back to Kambachen

Day 19 :Kambachen to Phale ( 3215m) . 6 hrs From Kambache we down to Phale . Overnight in Phale

Day 20 :Phale to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft) 6 hrs From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We pass through several Manes and a monastery nearby. We walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From here, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.

Day 21 :Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m/4,166ft) 6 hrs After walking for a while we see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages and is beside Thunsa Khola at first followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa. Overnight in Chirwa.

Day 22 :Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549/5,082ft) 7 hrs We notice that the settlement starts to get thicker as we are descending. Our trail is alongside lush vegetation. We pass through several villages before reaching Sinwa. From here we continue our descent and cross a bridge over the Sisne Khola. Now we are in the Pathibhara Trek trail. We pass through another village and cross another suspension bridge this time over the Yaphre Khola to reach Phurumbu. Overnight in Village.

Day 23 :Phurumbu to Suketar 7 hrs Our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek ends today. We can take a much-needed break after reaching Suketar.

Day 24 :Suketar to Biratnagar Drive 8 hrs Drive from Suketar to Biratnagar Its 8-9 Hours Drive.

Day 25 :Fly to Kathmandu (1330m)We can spend the whole day taking rest, packing and souvenir shopping for loved ones. We can even visit anywhere we like in Kathmandu. There will be a farewell dinner hosted in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 26 :Final departure or onward for next program Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with Green Valley Nepal Treks and elongate your stay.

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