Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Challenging Challenging
4000 - 6000m
25 Days
£3,295pp

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Take on this epic trekking journey in the remote Kangchenjunga region of Nepal. This tough and long-distance trekking adventure is one of the truly great treks on the planet as you journey through remote villages, rugged valleys and the giant Himalayan peaks that tower above.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is one heck of a trekking itinerary as you trek through remote landscapes, lush pine and bamboo forests and rugged mountain passes before reaching the Kanchenjunga massif and Kanchenjunga Base Camp North as well as Kanchenjunga Base Camp south itself.

You're in for a challenge as you explore the Eastern mountainous trekking region of Nepal, trekking around famous glacial lakes and through remote Nepalese villages. This is one of the longest trekking trails around and the trek is not an easy one as the routes here are very remote. That being said, you'll still be staying in tea houses at the beginning before staying in camps as you get higher towards Kanchenjunga.

An adventurous hike in the secluded Kangchenjunga area of the Nepal Himalayas. Venturing into Nepal's untouched northeast, our path to Kangchenjunga winds through idyllic countryside and untamed terrains, ending at the Northern and Southern base camps of Kangchenjunga. As we you journey here you'll be enjoying the views of Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga.


Join us on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

  • Trek to one of the most spectacular places in the world, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,140 m) as well as Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (4,580 m)
  • Awesome views of Makalu, Everest and Kangchenjunga
  • You stay in local Nepalese lodges (or “Tea Houses”) as well as camping.
  • Visit this remote location in Eastern Nepal to what was once thought to be the highest mountain in the world.

What's Included?
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Guided city tour
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Transfers from Kathmandu - Bhadrapur
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations in Kathmandu at hotel Aloft/1 night in hotel in llam.
  • All Trekking permits
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All accommodation whilst on trek (Lodge/Tea house)
  • Filtered water on the entire trek (Save on plastic bottles)
  • Experienced Fully licensed English speaking guide and his entire expenses
  • Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local and government taxes
  • Entrance fees to the sightseeing monuments
  • 800 fill North Face down jacket and winter sleeping bag (if required)
  • FREE 80ltr EverTrek duffel bag
  • EverTrek Trip Planner & Mobile App Access
  • EverTrekker T-shirt & Neck Buff
  • Exclusive discounts with Cotswold Outdoor, Osprey, Snow and Rock
    and heaps more
  • First Aid Kit bag carried by guide
What's Not Included?
  • International flight to Kathmandu
  • Nepal arrival visa
  • Meals in the hotel stay except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner
  • Personal expenses including mineral water, and alcoholic drinks and beverages
  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation
  • Any Staff Tips - Roughly 10% of trip cost
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason,

Itinerary

Welcome to Kathmandu – the capital city of Nepal. Today is your first day with EverTrek. Once you’ve passed through passport control and collected your bags, you’ll head out to the front of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to be greeted by one of our friendly team members - look for the EverTrek sign, you won’t miss them! They will be there to pick you up and transport you to your hotel in Thamel.

EverTrekkers will be arriving throughout the day at differing flight times.

You will enjoy a group meal with your fellow trekkers. You'll be taken to one of the most popular local restaurants where you can enjoy Nepali food along with cultural music and ethnic dance.

Today you will head out into Kathmandu and visit the cultural and historical sites of the Kathmandu Valley. You will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and enjoy lunch at one of our favourite viewpoints in the city. Kathmandu lies at 1300m above sea level so it’s important to get out and about today and let your body acclimatise.

Today also gives you the opportunity to grab any last-minute items in the trekking hub of Thamel and get an early night ready for the trek tomorrow.

Time to kickstart the next chapter of your adventure! Bright and early this morning, your trusty trekking guide will swing by to scoop you up and whisk you off to the airport for your flight to Bhadrapur. Brace yourself for a jaw-dropping journey that'll treat you to awe-inspiring mountain vistas, including sweeping views of the majestic Mount Everest.

Once your feet are back on solid ground, the rest of the day is dedicated to a scenic drive to Taplejung. Buckle up for a ride along a narrow and bumpy road that winds through charming rural landscapes. As you roll into town, you'll be warmly welcomed at your hotel. It's a chance to recharge those batteries, as tomorrow marks the exciting launch of your trekking journey. Get comfy and gear up for the thrilling trails that await you!

And here it is – the kick-off of your trekking extravaganza! Today, we're lacing up those hiking boots and hitting the trail, starting right from Taplejung. We ease into things with a gentle stroll alongside the Tamur River, soaking in the tranquility and scenic beauty. Along the way, we'll amble through the charming farming village of Mitlung, a true taste of local life.

But hey, the adventure doesn't stop there. Our path winds its way upwards, leading us to the picturesque village of Sinwa. As we journey on, we'll cross the Tawa suspension bridge, a little gem that brings us to the enchanting Chiruwa. Once you're all settled into your accommodations, you've got the rest of the day to uncover the hidden treasures of this stunning spot. So go ahead, explore to your heart's content and soak in the magic of the journey that's just begun!

Today’s trek takes you toward the small mountain village of Lelep, passing through the Tapethok Checkpoint en route. It's a long day today as you trek upwards but take the time to enjoy the views and acclimatise. This is one epic journey but enjoy the remoteness and the awesome views around.

Leaving the village of Amjjilossa behind, the trail winds through a lush forest adorned with pine, bamboo, rhododendron, and oak trees. Here, you'll find tranquility in every step, accompanied by the melodic chirping of birds that fill the air. Keep your eyes peeled, as you'll also be treated to a vibrant array of birdlife dancing amidst the branches.

As we journey ahead, the villages begin to take on a more Tibetan-inspired charm. And guess what? Our target for today is none other than Gyabla.

As you continue along the trail, you'll weave through a forested path and make your way past Phale village. This quaint village, once a winter settlement, carries a rich history as a Tibetan refugee camp in the past. Our journey then takes us to our designated rest stop for the day – Ghunsa.

Ghunsa holds the distinction of being the largest village around, boasting essential amenities like a police station, the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Office, and a health post. And guess what? You're not cut off from the world here – communication facilities including telephone and internet are also at your fingertips. So, settle in and unwind in this convenient hub before the next leg of your exhilarating adventure!

As you make your way along the trek, the altitude starts to gradually climb and you can start to feel it. It's important to give yourself time to acclimatize and avoid any altitude-related discomfort. That's why today is all about taking it easy – it's a well-deserved rest day in Ghunsa. You can either kick back and relax or venture out to explore the captivating surroundings. Embrace the chance to recharge and ensure you're in top form for the exhilarating journey that lies ahead!

As you start your trekking journey today, you'll be greeted by a gentle ascent that winds through picturesque pine and rhododendron forests. Along the way, you'll encounter numerous mani walls and chortens, adding a touch of spirituality to your journey. A scenic lunch break awaits you by the river at RampakKharka, offering a serene pause in your adventure.

But wait, there's more to come! After lunch, brace yourself for a steep climb that paves the way for a rewarding descent into the summer village of Khambachen. And oh, the views! From this vantage point, you'll be treated to magnificent vistas of Mt. Jannu, also known as Kumbhakarna. Get ready to soak in these breath-taking views!

The trek to Lhonak through Ramtang village isn't overly demanding but still a trek at altitude is always tough ehh. Despite the altitude gain, the trail remains manageable, allowing you to stroll along and relish the awe-inspiring vistas of the valley and majestic mountain peaks. Midway through, you'll pause for a well-deserved lunch break at Ramtang, and that's where the magic happens – the towering summit of Wedge Peak graces the scene in all its glory.

As the afternoon sun unfolds, drink in the mesmerizing panorama before you. Nepal Peak, the Twins, Mera, and the striking White Wave peak into view, each contributing to the stunning landscape. Finally, you'll reach the charming village of Lhonak, perched high above the Kanchenjunga Glacier, offering a picturesque view of the Wedge Peak on the other side.

One of the big highlights on the trek. Kanchenjunga North base camp. You'll start the trek off nice and early for about 3 hours from the village of Lhonak before the terrain starts to change as you follow the glacial moraine, leading you to the Kanchenjunga North Face Base Camp, nestled in what looks like a little nook. The North face of Kanchenjunga towers above as you enjoy this epic place at the worlds third highest mountain.

Soak it all in before we take the journey back down to lower altitudes and a well earned rest.

Today we will trek from the village of Lhonak and compared to the previous days it's not too strenuous although the altitude does increase as the trek continues around the Kanchenjunga massif.

This morning's journey leads you predominantly downhill (though it's not as effortless as it may seem!) as you make your way across Ramtang en route to your evening haven in Ghunsa. Along this path, an exciting opportunity awaits – you'll catch sight of the Himalayas very own native Bharal, the elusive blue sheep. There is a fair bit of up and down on this day as we negotiate some areas where sometimes there are landslips along the steep-sided valley, gradually descending.

Today's adventure unfolds along a path well-trodden by the locals of this region, a route they traverse daily. This trail winds through dense forests of pine and rhododendron, occasionally veiled by a blanket of snow. Your journey will lead you along a track that clings to the southern slope, guiding you to your evening abode in Sele Le. It's a day packed with natural wonders and local vibes, ensuring a truly immersive experience on this unforgettable trek.

This is one of the toughest days on the trek as we navigate and cross some high passes. Your morning sets off with a steep ascent toward the stunning Mirgin La Pass, standing tall at an elevation of 4,480m. At this lofty vantage point, you'll be treated to a breathtaking panorama encompassing the majestic Mount Makalu, the awe-inspiring Jannu, the imposing Baruntse, the legendary Kanchenjunga, and the grand sweep of the Himalaya range stretching along India's Sikkim border.

Keep the momentum going as you press on towards Sinelpche La, forging ahead to the welcoming village of Cheram. With every step, you'll be carving out memories of awe-inspiring vistas and remarkable landscapes, all culminating in a cozy haven for the night. The journey continues, unveiling the Himalayan treasures that await around every bend.

A beast of a day after 8 or 9 hours of trekking but what an adventure

Another epic today as you reach another base camp of Kanchenjunga. The trek starts hiking through alpine meadows, tracing a path alongside the lateral moraine of the Yalung Glacier. After a couple of hours of hiking, your journey brings you to the welcoming embrace of Ramche. Here, a breathtaking sight awaits as the surrounding mountains unveil their magnificence before you. As the evening sun casts its golden glow over the snow-capped peaks, you'll be treated to a truly unforgettable spectacle.

From Ramche, your adventure presses on towards the Kanchenjunga South Basecamp at 4,580m. This camp sits in an awesome spot with some more epic views so drink it all in and enjoy the moment of one of the true highlights of the trek.

Afterward, your trail leads you back to Ramche.

Today you trace your trek back to Cheram and trek to Tortung, a small village with few tea houses. The trail goes down and up the hill through a gorge, forest and area prone to landslides. We'll be super careful here!

After having breakfast, the journey continues as you continue on downhill and steep ups, again some typical Nepalese flat trekking. It's a long day but not as tough as some of the previous days so enjoy the journey for our last few days of trekking in this fantastic area. You'll stay overnight at Yamphuding one of the more remote settlements in the area.

The trek today is quite relaxing and there will be some opportunities to stop and bathe in one of the many clear pools in the KabeliKhola as we walk along the trail. Nothing quite like a cold dip in the glacial waters of the Himalayas. The trail continues down the stream beds before crossing the mountain ridge over to the nice and easy descent down to Mamakke.

As you bid farewell to Manakke village, the trail beckons, guiding you to cross a suspension bridge that spans the path. Alongside the Khangwa Khola, your journey unfolds amidst terraced fields that paint a picturesque scene. Take a moment to savor the captivating vista of Mt. Jannu, a grandeur complemented by the presence of scattered hamlets and the artistic stretches of terraced fields adorning the ridge's crest.

Your path weaves through Anpan village, a brief interlude before you find yourself at Ponpedhara, the next waypoint. The trail continues, leading you through the enchantment of Loppoding. Venture forth, and as you navigate through dense forests, you'll traverse the embrace of glaciated mountain passes. Navigating across the Nandeva Khola, your journey unfolds amidst the terraced fields that grace Kesuwa. The symphony of landscapes and experiences continues, each step weaving a chapter into your Himalayan odyssey.

Today's adventure treats you to the captivating spectacle of Kanchenjunga basking in the morning sun's glow. Embarking on the trail, you'll journey beyond, crossing Bhanjyang and Tambawa, marking the waypoints of your expedition. The path unravels through petite hillside villages and verdant forests, painting a tapestry of rural life and natural beauty.

As you forge ahead, the route winds its way through Kunjari, revealing fascinating terraced farmlands that showcase the ingenuity of the locals. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Phawa Khola, your path leads you to Lali Kharka, a destination that marks the conclusion of today's invigorating journey. Each step carries you deeper into the embrace of the Himalayas, an experience woven with nature's wonders and the stories of the land.

Departing from Lali Kharka, your journey presses on along the trail, guiding you to the welcoming embrace of Taplejung village. Here, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the tapestry of village life, soaking in the cultural richness, customs, and the warmth of the village inhabitants. Wander through the village streets, forging a connection with its essence and the people who call it home.

Following this enriching experience, your expedition transitions to a scenic drive of approximately 5 hours, leading you to Ilam. It is here, amidst the beauty of the region, that your remarkable Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek officially draws to a close. The memories, landscapes, and connections you've forged during this journey will forever linger in your heart, a testament to the grandeur of the Himalayas and the spirit of exploration.

Driving from Ilam, you will be brought to Bhadrapur and then you take a flight to Kathmandu. you'll then be transferred to the hotel upon arrival. RELAX!

Want to extend your adventure?

Once your trek is finished, why not relax and explore a rarely visited part of Nepal on our 3 Night tour of Chitwan national park.

Read more about this incredible extension - View the full itinerary here!

Dates & Prices

October 04 2024 - October 28 2024

£3,295pp

12 Available Spaces

October 03 2025 - October 27 2025

£3,295pp

Or

£221 / 14 Months

12 Available Spaces

Trip Extensions

September 04, 2014 - Landscape of Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Chitwan Extension - Jungle Safari

£ 695

Chitwan National Park. Once your trek is finished, why not relax and explore a rarely visited part of Nepal on our 3 Night tour of Chitwan national park.

The Itinerary which includes the awesome Jungle Safari covers all of the major activities in the national park with relaxing accommodation on a full board basis.

  • A unique trip designed by EverTrek.
  • See animals in their natural environment like Tigers, Rhinos and Crocodiles
  • You stay in a comfortable lodge & Hotel
  • Prices include a Jungle guide during the jungle safari

Want to read more about this incredible extension? View the full itinerary here!

 

More Info

Join us on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

  • A lesser-travelled remote area of Nepal
  • Sightseeing tour with English Speaking local guide
  • You stay in lodges (or “Tea Houses”) rather than camping & the fantastic Hotel Aloft in Kathmandu
  • We take special care of our porters & guides. They are probably the best equipped in Nepal.
  • Your kit bag is carried for you, so you only need to carry a day pack
  • Prices include all trekking permits

Experience Required

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek offers a challenging trek, involving varied terrain, including crossing suspension bridges, and at times landslide prone areas. We'll hidden gems as we journey through charming mountain villages, rugged valleys, and stunning monasteries.

Equipment

We can forward a detailed equipment list upon booking. However you can also view our Recommended Equipment for this trip »

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