Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration22 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous ++
  • Places to Visit Kanchejunga Base Camp
  • Max Altitude 5,143m/16,873ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Bhadrapur
  • Ends Kanyam
  • Activity Basic Teahose Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Explore the Majestic Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek in Eastern Nepal:

The focal point of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is the visit to both North and South Kanchenjunga Base Camps.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is commonly also known as the ‘Kanchenjunga Base Camps Trek’.

This remarkable trek is a delightful journey that takes travelers through the isolated and untouched regions of North-Eastern Nepal. The majestic Kanchenjunga mountain is the third highest mountain in the world and it is located in the Himalayan border between Nepal and Sikkim, the Indian state. The coordinates of this majestic peak are approximately 27°42'N latitude and 88°08'E longitude

Standing at an elevation of 8,586m/28,169 feet, Kanchenjunga brags third place after Mount Everest (Nepal-Tibet) and K2 (Pakistan). The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is still very untouched by commercial trekking like Everest Base Camp. It genuinely gives the actual wilderness thrill and the authentic trekking experience to the trekkers.

This epic teahouse trek is certainly a thrilling adventure that delivers travelers the off-the-beaten trek experience. It legitimately takes you into the most pristine and less-trodden region of Nepal which is simply delightful. 

The name Kanchenjunga literally means 'Five Treasures of the Snow' which symbolizes its five summits or peaks. The Kanchenjunga region is certainly a hidden gem that remains relatively wild and very untouched. It delivers travelers a diverse range of landscapes - from lush subtropical jungles to extreme alpine zones. This off-the-beaten teahouse trek offers pristine valleys, less-trodden trails, and an abundance of flora and fauna.

Five Summits of Kanchenjunga Mountain – ‘Five Treasures of the Snow’:

  1. Kanchenjunga main – 8,586 m 28,169 feet
  2. Kanchenjunga West (yalung kang) - 8,505m 27,904 feet
  3. Kanchenjunga Cental - 8,482m 27,828 feet
  4. Kanchenjunga South - 8,494m – 27,867 feet
  5. Kangbachen – 7,903m 25,928 feet

Highlights of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek:

One of the highlights of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is the opportunity to visit both the North and South base camps of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The view of the surrounding towering peak and its glacier extension is simply away from the world. 

  • Explore the hidden gem of eastern Nepal, surrounding the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,169ft)
  • Trek through a restricted area, requiring special permits and adding to the adventure.
  • Hear fascinating stories about the mythical creature, ‘Yeti’ who are said to inhabit the region.
  • Navigate rugged terrain and high altitudes for a thrilling trekking experience.
  • Witness stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas, including famed 8000m peaks like Mount Everest (1st Highest), Makalu (5th Highest), and Lhotse (4th Highest) etc.
  • Experience the rich biodiversity of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, home to rare flora and fauna
  • Stunning views of the Yalung Glaciers at the height of 4,580m – 15,026 feet.
  • Discover the unique Tibetan Buddhist culture and ancient monasteries along the trail
  • Cross thrilling suspension bridges, meadows, and mountain passes
  • Experience the tranquility and timeless charm of remote Himalayan villages
  • Enjoy the peace and solitude of less-crowded trails

With its breathtaking landscapes, pristine culture, off-the-beaten trek experience, and the most spectacular views, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek gives you the most unforgettable experience.

The First Ascent of Mount Kanchenjunga - History:

The first ascent of Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, was in 1955. After the success of the British Mount Everest Expedition in 1953, Sir Robert Charles Evans who was then a Deputy Leader under John Hunt, led the 1955 Kanchenjunga British Expedition.

The 1955 Kanchenjunga Expedition was indeed yet another historic achievement in the realm of mountaineering. Under the leadership of Charles Evans, Mr. George Band and Mr. Joe Brown reached the summit of Kanchenjunga on May 26, 1955, followed closely by Norman Hardie and Tony Streather.

This successful British expedition was a major achievement in the history of mountaineering. It showed the bravery, expertise, and perseverance of the climbers who challenged themselves to reach the top of the world's tallest mountains.

Kanchenjunga Base Camps Trek Difficulty:

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek or Kanchenjunga Base Camps Trek is physically challenging but it’s a rewarding adventure. It is strenuous and quite difficult because the region is very pristine with not many travelers traveling to this region. Due to it being less traveled, it is very raw where long hours walking is an everyday occasion.  Kanchenjunga Trek is certainly a challenging remote journey also because it is not as popular as the commercial Everest Circuit, Annapurna Circuit, or Manaslu Circuit Trek

Through the pristine trails, traditional villages, and breathtaking vistas this epic trek takes to its extreme alpine North and South Base Camps. This trek is off the beaten into the remotest valley of Nepal where the location of teahouses is distant and the only option is to walk to it. Besides the rugged trail and long hours of walking what most matters is walking in the high altitude. A few days over a week you will be walking at an elevation over 3500m and get as high as 5200m. 

Despite all these, Kanchenjunga Trek is unquestionably the most beautiful trek that delivers you personal space and serenity of the mountain environment. It’s the best place to get away from the maddening crowd and escape the conventional trekking trail like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp which are overcrowded during the season times. 

Furthermore, this classical trek provides you with a billion-dollar view. Along the way, you may encounter rare and elusive wildlife, such as the snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek or Kanchenjunga Base Camps Trek is truly perfect for those who are in quest of an extraordinary and magical Himalayan experience.

Views along the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek:

Mount Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world at a height of 8,586 meters (28,169 feet), is the climax of this trek. 

This off-the-beaten teahouse trek takes you through lush forests, picturesque meadows, beautiful river gorges, and pleasant traditional villages. You will simply be captivated by the beauty of its pristine natural beauty and cultural richness. Every step offers you stunning mountain views, extensive glaciers, and heart-warming landscapes. Significantly, the tranquility that utterly prevails in this pristine valley will take you into the timeless world.

Furthermore, the stories of the YETI that are believed to reside in the region complement more thrill to your adventure. This elusive legendary Yeti or the abominable snowman is believed to roam these remote valleys of Kanchenjunga. Yeti is a fairytale to many but you would hardly find anyone in this region who wouldn’t believe in it. 

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek provides you with the most beautiful panoramic mountain view. The view along the trail includes some of the famous world's highest 8000m peaks like Mt. Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m/27,765 ft), and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft). Besides these famed mountains, you will also see intriguing peaks like Tent Peak, Mount Kambachen, Mt. Janu, and many more.

Do you require Permits for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

Yes, all foreign nationals are to obtain the permits for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Kanchenjunga is a restricted area so trekkers require THREE different permits.

1) The FIRST mandatory permit required is the 'Restricted Area Permit (RAP)' which is issued by the Department of Nepal Immigration. 

The cost of this RAP is:

  • USD 20 per person per week (for the first 4 weeks)
  • USD 25 per person per week (beyond 4 weeks)

2) The SECOND important permit is the 'Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Permit (KCAP)'. This project contributes to the preservation and maintenance of the region's fragile ecosystem. 

3) The THIRD Permit is the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card. However, TIMS is for the time being on hold for few other reasons and can be obligatory in the years to come. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive to Kathmandu (1400 m/4,593 feet) Transfer to hotel at Thamel
  • Day 02:Cultural Sightseeing Tour, Trek Briefing by your Leader and conclude a day with Welcome Dinner.
  • Day 03:Morning flight to Bhadrapur - Drive to Taplejung (242km) - 1820 m/5971 feet.
  • Day 04:Drive from Taplejung to Sekathum (1585m/5,200 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2,395m/7,857 feet)
  • Day 06:Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m/8,956 feet)
  • Day 07:Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595m/11,794 feet)
  • Day 08:Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa - Acclimatizaton Hike
  • Day 09:Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen or Kangpachen (4,100m/13,451 feet)
  • Day 10:Acclimatization Day at Kambachen - Acclimatizaton Hike
  • Day 11:Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak (4785m/15,698 feet)
  • Day 12:Hike to PANGPEMA (Kanchenjunga NORTH BASE CAMP) (5143m/16,873 feet) and return to Lhonak
  • Day 13:Retrace our Trail back to Ghunsa (3.595m)
  • Day 14:Trek from Ghunsa to Sele Le Base Camp or Sele La Kharka (4,240m/13,910 feet)
  • Day 15:Cross Sele La Pass OR Mirgin La Pass (4,480m/14,698ft.) and then trek to Tseram (Cheram) (3870m/12,696 feet)
  • Day 16:Trek to Ramche (4580m/15,026ft) and Hike to Oktang (YALUNG SOUTH BASE CAMP) (4730m/15,518ft.) and back to Ramche.
  • Day 17:Trek from Ramche to Tortong (2995m/9,826 feet)
  • Day 18:Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin (2080m/6,824 feet)
  • Day 19:Drive from Yamphudin to Kanyam Tea-Garden (1,600m/35,249 feet)
  • Day 20:Drive from Kanyam to Bhadrapur (3 hrs.) and Fly to kathmandu (45 minutes)
  • Day 21:Departure Day - Transfer to international airport.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Detailed Itinerary

Once you arrive at the Kathmandu airport your Trekking group leader or our office representative will receive you and transfer you to the hotel located at the center town of Thamel.


  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel by your Group Leader - the hotel is in the Center City of Thamel - the main Tourist Hub
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Explore Kathmandu in any case if you have to arrive early.

PLEASE NOTE: As per Nepal Government regulations, to access restricted mountain areas like Kanchenjunga, we require your original passport and visa details to secure the Special Trekking Permit. So, we will be collecting these documents upon your arrival at the hotel.

  • Altitude: 1400 m/4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 25 minutes Drive
  • Distance: 6km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

This morning, your leader will introduce you to our professional city tour Guide who is an expert and will guide you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious places that are listed in the world heritage sites.


  • Breakfast in the hotel itself.
  • Meet up at 9 am for the city tour introduction and briefing.
  • Visit Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.
  • Get together for a trek briefing in the afternoon and know what you are doing.
  • Distribution of company's trek equipment.
  • Faboulous Welcome Dinner at Thamel Restaurant.
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner

We will start our journey with a scenic flight from Kathmandu Airport to Bhadrapur. During the flight, which lasts approximately 40 to 45 minutes and covers 621 kilometers, we will be treated to breathtaking mountain views and Nepals' magical landscapes hills. Bhadrapur City is the starting point for our trekking expedition.

From Bhadrapur, we will take a jeep or private vehicle for a 7–8-hour scenic ride to Taplejung which is 241 kilometers away. As we cruise towards Taplejung you will be amazed by the majestic view of terraced fields, tea gardens, and winding roads. Taplejugn marks the beginning of our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.

  • Altitude: 1820 m/5971 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 50 min Flight / 7/8 hrs. Drive
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 242km
  • Transport: Domestic Flight/Private Jeep

After spending the night in Taplejung, we will once again continue our journey with a Jeep ride. We will take a jeep to the beautiful settlement of Sekathum and it will take around 5 to 6 hours. As we cruise into the valley of the Tamor River, we will slowly pass through rural villages with mud houses, rice fields, and terraced farming fields that will give you the feeling of rustic life in this part of the region.

This beautiful drive will take us through different beautiful traditional settlements and gradually we will reach the Kanchenjunga National Park Check Post where we are to show our documents including the permits and move ahead to our destination, Sekathum. 

  • Altitude: 1585m/5,200 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 hrs. Drive
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 38km
  • Transport: Private Jeep

Following a two-day journey by vehicle, we will finally have the opportunity to use our hiking boots and trekking poles on the trekking trail. After a hearty breakfast in Sekathum we will start with our trekking adventure. This adventurous Himalayan journey will begin with an ascent along the Ghunsa Khola, we will cross numerous bridges along the trail. You will be treated to the lush greenery and the walk in the dramatic forest setting is simply phenomenal. We will also have the opportunity to experience serenity in the charming small settlements of Jonggim and Ghaiyabari before arriving at our destination, Amjilosa.

  • Altitude: 2395m/7,857 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9km

After fueling up with breakfast in Amjilosa, we will start our journey to Gyabla, also known as Kyapra. The section of the trekking trail between Amjilosa and Gyabla is very untouched and gives you a genuine off-the-beaten-track experience. As we trek this magical trail into the wilderness we will come across to dramatic woodland trail and the tranquility takes over the atmosphere. Keep your eyes open and maintain silence as you might spot the elusive Red Panda during our hike on the Kanchenjunga Trail.

As we ascend, the breathtaking scenery unfolds before us with magnificent mountain vistas and ample waterfalls decorating our way. Gradually we make our way uphill, until finally reaching the charming Gyabla village, our destination for the day.

  • Altitude: 2730m/8,956 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8 km

After breakfast leaving Gyabla behind we will walk the wider section of the valley that offers an easier path for most of our journey to the settlement of Phale. Since now we will be walking over 3,000m altitude you will feel a refreshing chill air that embraces you. There will be a change in the vegetation and your trail will be adorned with vibrant Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Shortly we will get to the winter settlement used by the Ghunsa villagers and eventually reach the settlement of Phale where most probably we will have our lunch.

Our adventure continues for another 1½ hours, leading us to the larger village of Ghunsa. This Tibetan village is really mesmeric and it will captivate you with its traditional setting of wooden houses decorated with colorful prayer flags. Here, you'll find local teahouses, shops, and a small Kanchenjunga Conservation Area office.

  • Altitude: 3,595m/11,794 fee
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 11 km

Acclimatization is a crucial aspect of high-altitude trekking. It helps to adapt your body to the high-altitude environment. There are several vantage points around Ghunsa where you can walk for a few hundred meters gain. Your leader will organize an acclimatization hike for you after breakfast.

You may have a 4-hour round-trip hike that offers breathtaking vistas of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, hills, and mountain valleys, providing a perfect opportunity to appreciate this heavenly Ghunsa.

Additionally, you'll have the chance to explore the ancient monastery, the Tibetan village of Ghunsa, and understand its cultural heritage and legends.

  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 4 hrs. excursion
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After finishing our breakfast at the traditional village of Ghunsa, we will start our further trek towards walking in the North direction. We will trek along the picturesque river bank, where awe-inspiring vistas of majestic mountains greet us. Our trekking trail wanders through enchanting meadows adorned with wildflowers and vibrant pastures.  We will as well walk the dramatic forest setting of Rhododendrons, and towering pine forests.

The section of the trail has a landslide-prone area which can sometimes be a little tricky. Listen to your leader's guidelines on safety while walking this section. 

After this challenging landslide section, we will be rewarded with a breathtaking panorama of Mt. Jannu. We will further walk the challenging mountain trail and finally reach the tranquil village of Kambachen, where we rest for the night.

  • Altitude: 4,100m/13,451 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 11 km

At Kambachen we will take yet another acclimatization day break. Since we understand the importance of acclimatization at high altitudes, we allocate an additional Rest Day precisely for this purpose. This day is to ensure the well-being of our trekkers to create enough ground to acclimate in the thin air.

During this crucial acclimatization day, our primary focus is to relax and give ourselves enough time to your body to process through this thin-air environment. We highly encourage all our trekkers to indulge in refreshing activities and take a short acclimatization walk where you can gain some elevation. ‘Walk High – Sleep Low’ is the motto of high-altitude adventure. 

We will be spending another night in this tranquil setting of Kambachen.

  • Altitude: 4,100m/13,451 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will start a little early as compared to the other previous days since the trek from Kambachen to Lhonak is another challenging day. Since we will be walking the Kanchenjunga glacial route, the trail winds through rocky areas of moraine and navigates through large boulders. 

After crossing the bridge, the journey takes trekkers through the small settlement of Ramtang, past its monastery. Shortly we will be walking through the challenging Kanchenjunga glaciers trail and finally arrive at the tiny remote Lhonak village.

  • Altitude: 4785m/15,698 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10km

Our destination today is the northern base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga. This Kanchenjunga North Base Camp is also called PANG PEMA (Pangpema). We will ascend the uphill trail gradually along the glacier moraines that have been collected over time with the glacier movement.

Eventually, we will get to North Kanchenjunga Base Camp where we will be rewarded with the most stunning views. Besides this hike will give you a spiritual feeling as you stand at the edge surrounded by vibrant prayer flags. After spending some time appreciating the beauty of this North Base Camp we will head back down to Lhonak

  • Altitude: 5143m/16,873 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 8+ hours Overall
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 18 km Overall

Bidding farewell to the amazing vistas of the mighty Himalayas and the North Kanchenjunga Base Camp, we will retrace our trail back to Ghunsa. Our journey leads us back to the serene village of Ghunsa, a sanctuary nestled amidst the towering peaks. As we walk back the trail we will recall the rugged landscape, the soaring mountain piercing the sky, the snaking trails, and nature's raw power in the form of challenging yet beautiful valleys.

  • Altitude: 3.595m
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 21 km

Leaving Ghunsa the trail to Sele-Le is a steep ascent. We will be walking the beautiful forested trail of alpine Rhododendrons and many alpine herbs. One steep section will eventually lead us to Sele-Le at an altitude of 4240m. We will walk further to the Sele-Le Kharka also known as High Camp where there are few basic wooden teahouses providing overnight shelters. This Sele-Le Kharka is a stunning place with a small lake that gives you a view of the 5th highest mountain in the world, the Makalu.

These lodges at Sele-Le Kharka is open only in the season time and there can be a possibility of closure at other times of year. During such a crisis, we will walk further to the village of Tseram (Cheram) in one day - which can be a little longer hours walking but achievable.

  • Altitude: 4,240m/13,910 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7km

Since today is a little longer duration trek we will start early from the Sele-Le Kharka or High Camp. Today we will be Crossing 3 different passes before descending to Tseram.

The Three Passes are:

  1. Sinion La Pass: 4,440m/14,566 feet
  2. Mirgin La Pass: 4,480m/14,698 feet
  3. Sinelapche La (Bhanjyang): 4,840m/15,879 feet

As we ascend from the Sele-Le Kharka we will get to our first pass, Sinion La. From this vantage point, the trail goes along the hillside and we will climb a short but steep ascent to Mirgin La Pass also called Sele-La Pass. Afterward, the trail cruises gradually over the hill and leads us to a final steep climb to the summit of Sinelapche La (Bhanjyang). Each of these passes is significant in its way and they serve as great vantage points providing you with the most stunning views. 

After we are done with these vantage points we will descend 1,000 meters that passes through a small lake that will take us to the small settlement of Tseram.

  • Altitude: 3870m/12,696 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 15km

We'll start our hike from Tseram and head towards Oktang Base Camp. The trail will take us through the Yalung Glacier into a wind-eroded valley. Along the way, we'll get to see some amazing snow-capped mountains like Rathong (6682m) and Kabru range which are over 7000m. Shortly we will reach the village of Ramche where we will have lunch.

After lunch, we will start our hike to Oktang viewpoint of Yalung Base Camp or Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. This hike will take us about an hour. Oktang is one of the most mesmeric vantage point to view the extended range of towering Mt. Kangchenjunga, the Third Highest Mountain in the world. From this vantage point, we will see Kanchenjunga Main, Yalung Kang, Kangchenjunga Central, and Kanchenjunga South among others. To see this view of Kanchenjunga from so close is a rare sight and this is found only here in Oktang.

After spending some time here in Kanchenjunga South Base Camp viewpoint we will walk back to Ramche or Tseram.

  • Altitude: 4,730m/15,518 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14.5KM

We will retrace our trail back to Tseram leaving behind the scenic beauty of mountain range and alpine atmosphere. Soon we will walk on the forested trail of Rhododendrons in a serene environment. This literally means that we will back to the tree line area with more oxygen to breathe. Shortly we will get back to the village of Tortong which still gives you the most mesmeric views. 

  • Altitude: 2995m/9,826 fee
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 16km

After breakfast, leaving Tortong our trail ascends gradually through the forested trail through the landslide-prone area towards Lamite Bhanjyan 3415m for lunch. Shortly we will descend down to the gorge and progressively walk the hillside trail and eventually get to our destination, Yamphudin. The mixed ethnicities of Gurungs, Magars, Rais, Limbus, and Sherpas inhabit this beautiful area. Yamphudin has Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Chekpost where we are to exit our permits.

  • Altitude: 2080m/6,824 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 13km

After enjoying our morning breakfast in Yamphudin, we will take a 4WD to drive us to Kanyam.  As we drive you will be amazed with the beauty of the region's breathtaking landscapes. From alpine mountain settlements and soaring peaks now our journey transforms into a scenic drive toward Kanyam, a picturesque destination surrounded by tea gardens.

Kanyam holds the distinction of being a popular tourist destination, drawing both domestic and international visitors who are captivated by its enchanting tea gardens. This part of our journey promises a harmonious blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and a chance to witness the local way of life. Overnight at the Lodge and visit Kanyam Tea Garder.

  • Altitude: 1,600m/35,249 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 hrs. DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transport: PRIVATE JEEP

We'll have breakfast at the lodge and spend some time exploring the green tea cultivation area at KANYAM. After that, we'll drive for 2-3 hours to reach Bhadrapur Airport. In the afternoon, we'll take a short flight of 45-50 minutes from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu.

Reaching Kathmandu we will once again check-in in the same hotel. In the evening, we've arranged a farewell dinner where we will celebrate and share our stories.

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transport: Private Vehicle/Flight

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. Airport Reporting time is usually 2 and a half hours before your scheduled flight. Your leader will be there to assist you at the international airport.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airport Transfer

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your Group Leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

What's Included
  • PERMITS: All essential permits required from the Government and local authorities to legally trek in Kanchenjunga.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included in the trek package.
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: Three nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a three-star twin-sharing hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees paid.
  • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
  • TRANSPORTATION: All essential driving travel will be in a PRIVATE VEHICLE.
  • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: The company will provide all-ground Transportation for the staff.
  • EQUIPMENT: Essential trekking gear such as sleeping bags, fleece liners, PrimaLoft jackets, rain ponchos, Yaktrax, trekking poles, etc are provided.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
  • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
  • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trekking staff are included.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.


Packing List for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek:

Packing for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek or Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is essential to ensure your safety, and comfort during the journey.


  • Take Away Synthetic Duffel Bag (Water Proof)
  • Down Sleeping Bag (-21 c)
  • Silk Liner
  • PrimaLoft fill Windproof Jackets
  • Rain Poncho
  • Yaktrax (Lightweight ice-traction device) - Where necessary.
  • Trekking Poles
  • 2 Toilet Rolls each
  • Complementary Tshirt,
  • Complementary Neck Gaiter (Buff),
  • Complementary Baseball Hat and Map
  • Oxygen (in case of Emergency)
  • Comprehensive Medical Kit with medication and First Aid Supplies

Clothing and Footwear



  • Moisture-wicking base layers (long-sleeved tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece jacket, down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket
  • Waterproof and breathable pants
  • Trekking pants
  • T-shirts and lightweight shirts

Head and Neck:

  • Balaclava or scarf for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for sun, wind, or cold
  • Fleece beanie or warm woolen Hat
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap.
  • Bandana

Hands and Lower Body

  • Lightweight gloves and warm gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Underwear and sports bras
  • Hiking socks and liner socks
  • Gaiters (optional for snow or rain)


  • Sturdy and comfortable trekking boots
  • Camp shoes (e.g., sandals or sneakers)

Gear and Accessories


  • Backpack (30-40 liters for the day, larger for porters)
  • Rain Cover for Your Backpack
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Reusable Water Bottles (2+ Liters) like Nalgene
  • Rehydration Bladder (Camel Bag or Platypus)
  • Water purification tablets or a water filter
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Personal FIRST AID KIT
  • Duct Tape
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen 50 + SPF
  • lip balm

Gadgets and Supplements


  • Compass
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Map (physical or digital)
  • Altimeter Watch or Device.
  • GPS device or smartphone with GPS capabilities
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Fully charged mobile phone (with offline maps and emergency numbers saved)
  • Tripods
  • Portable charger or power bank
  • Appropriate Sleeping bag (if you are bringing your own)


  • Water filters or purification tablets
  • Protein Bars or Trail Mix.
  • Multivitamins
  • Altitude sickness medication like Acetazolamide (if you are going high)
  • Vitamin C and Zinc Soluble Supplement Tablets.
  • Electrolyte supplements for hydration
  • Basic medical supplies (bandages, antiseptic, pain relievers)
  • Prescription medications
  • Fire starter (lighter, matches, fire starter kit)
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Biodegradable wipes

Optional Items

Other Essentials.

  • Personal identification
  • Photo Copies of Passport
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Copies of your Insurance
  • Airline Tickets
  • Cash (in Nepalese Rupees and US Dollars)
  • Travel wallet or pouch
  • Electronics (camera, power bank, charging cables)
  • Journal and pen

Optional Items:

  • Binoculars
  • Books or playing cards
  • Earplugs (useful in teahouse accommodations)
  • Ear Pods
  • Energy snacks and Rehydration drinks
  • Hiker Pocket Knife 
  • Whistle and multi-tool
  • Trash Bag
  • Sewing kit
  • Travel Pillow
  • Dry Bag.

It's advisable to pack light and prioritize essential items.  The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek can be physically demanding and challenging due to high altitudes. So, ensure that you are physically prepared and have the appropriate gear to stay safe, warm, and comfortable during the journey.

Essential Trip Information

When is the Best time of the year for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?


  • The spring season which starts from March until May is considered the best time for Kanchenjunga Base Camps Trek. Even Summit Expeditions are organized during this period. During Spring trekkers can experience mild temperatures with clear skies. Spring is great for the floras in the region especially the blooming of rhododendrons and ample wildflowers. The temperatures can range from 15°C to 20°C and extreme can get from -5°C to -10°C


  • The Autumn season which starts from September until November is another ideal season for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. During this period the trekkers can experience moderate temperatures ranging between 10°C and 20°C and the extreme can get from -5°C to -20°C. Additionally, the Autumn season is a time of celebration. During this period the entire country celebrates various cultural festivals that allow trekkers to enjoy the rich traditions of the local communities.


  • There was a time in Nepal when winter was not ideal for high-altitude trekking and high mountain passes used to be closed during winter months. However, due to the change in the weather patterns because of global warming, it is now possible to trek to Kanchenjunga in the winter as well. Winter comes with a few challenges - Extreme cold temperatures where the temperature might drop from -5°C to -25°C. The possibility of teahouses being closed at higher altitudes can create limitations. But winter gives you the best of weather with clear blue skies and a perfect view.

The monsoon which starts from June till August is Not recommended for Kanchanjunga Trekking as the possibility of a few challenges can be extreme - that will include, Flight cancellation, landslides, and no views. etc.

Pre-Physical Preparation for the Kanchenjunga Base Camps Trek:

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek or Kanchenjunga Base Camps Trek demands a sound level of physical fitness and preparation. This 19-day epic trek comes with a challenging terrain with frequent ascents and descents over the jagged trekking tail. Besides everyday trekking involves extended hours of walking.

Since this trek is high-altitude trekking, most of the time you will be exposed to a thin air environment. Furthermore, the terrain, the wind chill factor, and the cold climate can pose additional challenges. Without adequate physical fitness and preparation, this trek can be exhausting and tough.

However, despite its strenuousness, the Kanchenjunga trek is very rewarding. It offers anyone a personal space of solitude and tranquility. Kanchenjunga region being less visited by the trekkers the modern amenities are scarce, and services are minimal.

Your expectations may not be met as in the Everest region or Annapurna region such as with hot showers, internet access, charging facilities, and luxury rooms. It certainly tests your physical and mental endurance.

We highly recommend pre-physical training before you sign up for Kanchenjunga Base Camps Trek. Do cardio exercises such as jogging, running, cycling, stair climbing, swimming, and muscle-strengthening workouts.


We highly recommend ‘The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek’ as it is truly a trekker's paradise. The region is famous for its natural beauty, and serene and pristine landscapes. As compared to most of the popular destinations like Everest and Annapurna, Kanchenjunga offers travelers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience.

There are several reasons why you should choose Kanchenjunga Trek.

  • Its scenic and virgin trails lead to its mighty North and South Base Camps. 
  • A diverse collection of natural wonders like waterfalls, high hills, dramatic forest settings, glaciers, rivers, etc., and at the most, tranquility.
  • Its remote and untouched landscapes which is a great place to escape from the everyday hectic life and find solitude and serenity. 
  • The very warm and welcoming local community, known for their incredible hospitality and friendliness. 
  • The view is extraordinarily beautiful because of which it becomes a Dream Destination.

If you are seeking solitude along with Challenging trails and test your endurance, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek will surely be a perfect choice. It certainly gives a great opportunity to witness the way of life in parts of Nepal which is still untouched by modernity. No wonder it is called ‘The Remote Trek’ which takes you into the valley less trodden by much trekkers and gives you genuine cultural richness.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek FAQs

  • Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is considered very challenging due to its remote location, high altitude, challenging terrain, and basic facilities. It requires good physical fitness and prior trekking experience.

  • The highest point reached on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the height of which is approximately 5,143 meters / 16,876 feet.

  • Since the Kanchenjunga region is very untouched and not as popular as Everest or Annapurna, the accommodation is basic and often consists of simple teahouses or lodges with shared rooms and basic facilities - and most of the time its a homestay accommodation facility.

  • Kanchenjunga is a restricted area and to have a guide and be affiliated with a local trekking agency is a must - it's mandatory. It is highly recommended to have a knowledgeable and experienced guide, as well as porters due to its remote location and challenging terrain.

  • Yes, all foreign trekkers are required to obtain two crucial permits those are:

    1. The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP) permit and
    2. Restricted Area Permit also known as Special Trekking Permits (this allows you to trek into the restricted area of Kanchenjunga).
  • The infrastructure and facilities along the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek are very basic, with limited access to electricity, hot showers, and communication services

  • The Kanchenjunga region is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, wild monkeys, Phasants, and various bird species.

  • Yes, Altitude Sickness is a significant concern on this trek due to the high elevation ascent we do on an everyday basis. Proper acclimatization, guidance from your Trek leader over the prevention of altitude sickness, and awareness of the symptoms are crucial. 

  • All trekkers need to be well-equipped with appropriate trekking gear, including warm clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a sleeping bag, and other essential items suitable for high-altitude trekking. We have given a list of comprehensive packing CLICK HERE.

  • The Kanchenjunga region is home to ethnic groups like Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa communities. We request all foreign trekkers to respect their local customs and traditions and respond to their beliefs responsibly.

  • It is always very wise to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek covering all the aspects of your adventure including trip delays, cancellation, loss of property, sickness, or air evacuation.

  • Yes, acclimatization is a crucial aspect while doing the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Since you will be trekking through some of the highest-altitude terrains proper acclimatization is essential to tackle the effects of altitude sickness. It's recommended to maintain your body with adequate fluids, maintain a slow and steady pace, and consider taking preventive medication like Diamox (Acetazolamide). Before signing up for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. proper preparation, both physically and mentally is key to keep you safe.


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