Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is an adventurous trek to reach the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 m (28,169 ft)). Mt Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world which is encompassed by the Tamur River in the west, the Lhonak Chu and Jongsang La in the north, and the Teesta River in the east.
The Kanchenjunga trekking route is situated in the north-eastern part of Nepal in Taplejung. It has held its pristine beauty and is located far from the influence of modern society. The Circuit of Kanchenjunga is surrounded by beautiful Himalayan peaks of Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m), Jannu (also called Kumbhakarna, 7710m), Gimmigela (also called The Twins, 7350m), Kabru (7412m), Rathong (6682 m) and Kokthang (6148m). The view around the trial is a treat to the eye for its travelers.
The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is filled by means of encounter with famous valleys of Simbua Khola, Ghunsa, and Tamur where you can observe local culture and tradition of people. Watching their amazing culture, listening to their stories, observing their unique lifestyle and gazing at the snow-capped peaks leaves a wonderful experience for its visitors. The trek is also a famous destination for sighting ‘Demon of Kanchenjunga’, a type of yeti or rakshasa. It is often said that a British geological expedition in 1925 spotted a mysterious creature over this circuit trek to Kanchenjunga which they believed to be the 'Yeti'.
The Kanchanjunga circuit route also explores the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP) where many rare species of mammals exist. The famous ones are the Snow-Leopard, Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, and Musk Deer. Some famous and threatened species of birds like Impedance Pleasant, Red-Billed Blue Magpie, Shy Dragon, etc are also seen in the region. This protected area is also a renowned habitat for many globally significant plant species such as rhododendron and orchids.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is not only vast in biodiversity, but it is also a famous destination because of its scenic location. The beautiful mountain views of the Kanchenjunga North and Kanchenjunga South Face are an amazing experience from the Circuit Trek. Many travelers from around the world have respected The Kanchenjunga as one of the most important places on earth because of its pristine beauty and cultural significance. To add more to its prestige, the Circuit trek is also famous as it is said that Kanchenjunga massif holds ‘The Dwelling of Immortals’.
Kathmandu (night stay at Taplejung) -> Taplethok -> Gyabla -> Ghunsa -> Kambachen -> Rest (Acclimatization Day at Kambachen) -> Lhonak -> Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (night stay at Kambachen) -> Ghunsa -> Sele Le -> Tseram -> Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (night stay at Tseram) -> Torongding -> Yamphuding -> Khamdime -> illam -> Kathmandu
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek route progressively scrambles from 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) to 5,180 meters (17,094 feet) above sea level. The atmosphere, in this trek to Kanchenjunga, differs from the subtropical rainstorm and sticky summer at the lower rises to cold and wet winter in the snow-capped district. In the circuit trek route, you will move along trails utilized by local people and yaks (and yak herders), while the fundamental Kanchenjunga trekking has still been portrayed as 'untracked'. Along with this beautiful trekking experience, we will likewise traverse a few passes including Mirgin La Pass, which offers magnificent perspectives on Kanchenjunga Massif.
Best Season for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking
Autumn and Spring are considered to be the best months for a circuit trek to Kanchenjunga. In September to November and March to May, the climate is best for trekking. With green hills and snowcapped mountains along the trail, one can observe the magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga Massif. The flora and fauna are also flourished more in these seasons which adds excitement to the adventure. The trek will be in just the right climate to explore the circuit of Kanchenjunga. Local people are also seen more during these seasons so it is also the best time for interacting with local people along with the villages. Also, the best local delicacies of the regions are available during these seasons.
Nepal Trek Adventures provides the best Accommodation for trekking along the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek. With great hotels, tea houses and lodges along the trek, there will no problem for an overnight stay. Also, the guides provided by the Nepal Trek Adventures team are highly experienced and local to the region. You can stay comfortably over the teahouses and lodges along the circuit.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Solo Trek is nor available in the present days. The route doesn’t allow a solo traveler to trek around the Kanchenjunga circuit. Due to high risk in wild and uneven topology around the Kanchenjunga massif, you need at least 2 people for the trek. You will rarely find a large group of people on the trekking route except during your night stays.
Nepal Trek Adventures & Expedition makes the best effort to make your trekking experience in the Kanchenjunga Circuit as much fun as possible. The company aims to help the traveler explore the best locations around the trails with safety as the number one priority. With best guides and accommodation services, you will have a wonderful trekking adventure around the Kanchenjunga Massif. The itinerary covers a total of 18 days. You will not find this package available in just short days anywhere else in Nepal. In 18 days, you will get to see all the beautiful locations and sceneries of the Natural environment around the Kanchenjunga Region which is not possible anywhere else than with Nepal Trek Adventures. The itinerary is made for travelers looking for a shorter version of the trip around the Kanchenjunga circuit without missing the beautiful background around the region.
Note: There will be an English speaking Guide cum Porter provided to you for this trekking when your booking is applied for a single person. However, we accept your booking for the everyday departure of this trekking throughout the year. We provide trekking for solo, private group or group joining basis to Kanchenjunga. Group joining is possible only during the main seasons of the year.
With only few weeks remaining for my time to arrive in Nepal I was worried about booking a trip. Then I met Nepal Trek Adventures. Who would have thought I would fix my booking in a day? and come back home in happy smile and beautiful memories. The NTA team is simply great. With easy email response and phone calls they made everything easy for me. The hiking gears and guides and porter I received was simply amazing. My flight tickets and hotel stays were also managed by the company. I just loved my stay in Nepal. Go for the NTA agency if you’re looking for a great trekking experience in Nepal. They make everything very clear and are fast in doing their work.
The trek definitely offers wonderful views of the Mountains in the eastern part of Nepal. Mt Makalu, Mt Kanchenjunga, Janu, etc. The scenes are simply amazing. The Mirgin-La Pass, Sinelapache-La Pass has the best views after the mesmerizing views on the base camps. The North base camp had the best view of the North face of Kanchenjunga while the south base camp has the best views for its respective side in Kanchenjunga massif. Being so close to the icy glaciers and mountains felt surreal and it just felt awesome! Thank you to the guide for the amazing trek experience and the Nepal Trek Adventures company for the wonderful package option.
I was surprised the trek being only 18 days provided exactly the same views and added more from the normally 20+ trek Packages from other travel agencies. This was not my first time visiting Kanchenjunga and will definitely not be the last. The 18 day was a try out for a quick get around the circuit as I wanted to experience the mountain pass and Himalayas again. I would never have thought that I would love this trip more than the one I had previously. Anyone having a short time for a trek in Nepal surely should prefer this package for it takes you everywhere around the circuit available. The walk around glaciers was fun. This is definitely one of the best trips you can have in Nepal. I highly recommend NTA for easy permits and professional guides for the trek.
Hey, I would just like to say I enjoy my trip. Never did I think I would make this trek as a beginner. With only some trek experience I was worried to go for the trek but from the NTA team and the guides encouragement, I could go for it. I loved every moment of it. It was a perfect adventure. Having a porter helped a lot, I will never forget my views from north base camp and south base camp. The views of the Kanchenjunga Massif were simply amazing. The suspension bridges added wonderful excitement. I highly recommend the Nepal Trek Adventures team and the trek.
My trip to the Kanchenjunga Circuit was simply awesome. The snow-capped mountains throughout the trek and getting to see the snow-leopard just added to the excitement. Thankyou NTA team for organizing my trip on such short notice. The guide provided was simply amazing. The Ghunsa village and Illam were my favorites. I highly recommend taking this route for the Kanchenjunga circuit trek. Our last day in Khamdime was so much fun. Also thank you for hiring my trekking gears for me and my team. Keep up the good work.
In the trekking part, we include three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) a day in tea house/lodges that you can choose from the teahouse/restaurant menu but if you are on the big group at that time your guide/team leader will choose the food for you. Meals are generally available in Nepalese and continental cuisines on different tastes in everyplace but you have to eat the meals in the same tea house where you are going to staying at night but if you are staying in tented camp (Camping) then our cook prepares food and provides to you.
AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the consequence of the breakdown of the body to adapt to high altitudes and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to decrease the effects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to a lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final. When you are planning to trek above 3,000 meters we recommend not walks faster. If you will get altitude sickness please consult with your guide to go down at least 500 meters to recover.
Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a satisfying experience. However, you must keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides, and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operations, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.
Is it safe to drink water in Kanchenjunga?
No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Kanchenjunga. Mineral water is not available on the trail. If available, it is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.
Most of the tea houses are the basic standard. Don’t expect luxury in this trek. Wi-Fi is in limited tea houses. You have to use a bucket shower. Make you can use the Squat toilet.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack for the trekking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary types of equipment/things that you will not be used for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are: