Asiana Treks

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking

Best Price
Destination
Kanchenjunga Region Trek
Duration
26 days
Group size
1 - 10
Level
Moderate
Max. Elevation
5185 m / 17011 ft
Best Season
September to November and February to June 15
Accomodation
Hotel /Teahouse
Meals
B/L/D
Transportation
Local Bus/4 wheel drive/Plane
Starts / Ends
Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Highlights

    • It experiences the incredible walk through the glaciers and the moraines.
    • Stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu.
    • The Kanchenjunga Region does indeed have diverse vegetation and biodiversity.
    • The Kanchenjunga Trekking Trails run through traditional farming and agriculture regions.

Overview

Overview

Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world situated in the easternmost Himalayan range in Nepal. Trekking into the Kanchenjunga region is one of the best trekking experiences in the Himalayas. It is a long trekking trip that takes you to the remote but spectacularly beautiful area of the eastern Himalayan range in Nepal.

One of the less explored areas of Nepal, Kanchenjunga circuit trekking is less crowded so you can enjoy the majestic beauty of the area for yourself. Kanchenjunga is considered one of the most impressive Himalayan massifs and offers a breathtaking view of the mountain peaks in the massif. Kanchenjunga circuit trek offers one of the most diverse experiences of Himalayan trekking.

Important Note

Best time to travel Nepal and Kanchenjunga Trekking:


Nepal is a country of differences with various landscapes, including towering mountain ranges, lush forests, and a vibrant cultural heritage. The best time to travel to Nepal depends on your preferences and the type of excursions or events you intend to participate in. Generally, Nepal has four distinct seasons, each with unique charms and challenges.


    Winter Season: Cold temperatures start in late November or early December, but clear skies suit budget travelers. Lower-elevation treks and skiing/snowboarding in ski resorts are popular activities.


    Spring Season: From late February 15 to Jun 15, warmer temperatures make it perfect for Trekking. Rhododendrons bloom, adding to the scenic beauty. Celebrations like Holi and Buddha Jayanti occur during this time.


    Summer Season: Monsoon rains from June 15 to August make trekking challenging, but it's a great time to experience lush greenery and agriculture. Ideal for peace seekers and cultural tours of cities accessible by road.


    Autumn Season: September to November is Nepal's best time for Trekking and outdoor activities. Clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and festivals like Dashain Tihar and Chhat make this period ideal for experiencing Nepali culture.


    Weather Conditions of Kanchenjunga Trekking:


     Each season offers unique experiences during the Kanchenjunga circuit Trek. Spring brings mild weather and blooming rhododendrons, while summer provides lush vegetation despite the monsoon. Autumn features clear skies and vibrant festivals, and winter offers snowy peaks with fewer crowds.

    Spring temperatures range from 9 to -10 degrees Celsius from March to May. Summer temperatures range between 15 and -4 degrees Celsius from June to August. Autumn, the peak season, has temperatures from 26 to -15 degrees Celsius. Winter brings snow and temperatures from 7.3 to -22 degrees Celsius. However according to government and metrologist Monsoon start from June 13 and end at October 2.

    Our destination experiences four distinct seasons – summer, spring, autumn, and winter. Summer, also known as the rainy season, is characterized by frequent rainfalls and muddy terrain, which can affect certain outdoor activities. On the other hand, spring brings low rain, clear skies, and vibrant nature with blooming flowers. Prepare for harsh weather and extremely low temperatures in winter, making the trek more challenging. However, the sight of the snow-covered trail will be rewarding.These weather patterns can help you plan your activities and pack according to your wishes.


    Entry and exit requirements at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal:



    Upon arrival at the entry point, all baggage undergoes declaration and clearance through customs. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without access to goods may proceed through the Green Channel for swift clearance without luggage checks.



     Before departing Nepal, it is crucial to possess a valid visa and passport. If your Visa has expired, you must extend it before being permitted to leave. Please note that the Immigration office at Tribhuvan International Airport is not authorized and allowed to extend visas.




    About Visa requirements:


    To visit Nepal, you need a valid passport and a visa. You can quickly get an arrival visa at entry points or Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. However, some people need a permit before they come, so it's good to check with the nearest Nepalese embassy.

    Some nationalities that don't get visas from immigration entry points in Nepal are Nigeria, Iraq, Ghana, Afghanistan, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Palestine, and Ethiopia.



    Types of visas, as in the table below: 


    Fifteen days, 30 days, or 90 days. The cost varies from $30 to $125 depending on how long you want to stay. You can pay in US dollars or other significant currencies, sometimes even Nepalese rupees.

    If you're coming for business, you can get a suitable visa for up to 5 years. The fee depends on how much money you're investing. If you invest less than 10 million Nepalese rupees, it's $35 per month, $400 per year, or $1000 for five years. If you invest more, the fees are lower; if you invest more than 100 million Nepalese rupees, you don't have to pay any fees.

    People from SAARC countries get a free 30-day visa. Indians don't need a visa, but they must show ID, like a passport or citizenship card. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months. And it's a good idea to have travel insurance which covers medical treatment and emergency evacuation.

    Some places in Nepal require a separate permit to visit. 


    Tims and Permit for Kanchenjunga  circuit Trekking:


    TIMS and permits are compulsory to travel to the Kanchenjunga region or visit the Kanchenjunga circuit Trekking . These permits include the TIMS card and the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permit. restricted area Trekking Permit You can get these permits in Kathmandu from registered trekking companies.

    The  Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP)   costs USD 20 (NRS 2000) per person and has no time limit. The Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Entry Permit (RAP) costs USD 10 per person, per week. Note that there are checkpoints in Taplethok and Yamphudin to verify your restricted permits.  

    The KCAP permit for Indians is 1000 RS per person, and the TIMS is 600 RS per person. 

    Please visit Nepal Immigration department office Located at  Kalikasthan Dillibazar Kathmandu Nepal.  Web : http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np



    Travel Insurance:


    Asiana Treks and Tours strongly advises our valuable clients to have travel insurance that protects adventurous activities at high altitudes above 5,000 m. This comprehensive coverage, which includes accidents and emergency help, will provide you with the peace of mind you need during your high-altitude adventure.

    However, you can get this insurance online from different companies. Here are some popular Insurance company choices for Kanchenjunga circuit Trekking.


    USA and Canada: Tugo, United Health Care, World Nomad, Blue Cross.


    Australia and New Zealand: Fast Cover, Allianz Australia.


    Singapore: Ergo, World Nomad Explore plan level 3.


    Europe: Europe Assistance, Austrian Alpine Club, Allianz Europe.


    India: ICICI Lombard


    But make sure the policy covers trekking up to 5985,000 m altitude. These are just suggestions, so the policies and what they cover might vary. It's best to contact these insurers directly to ask about what they offer before you buy anything.


    High Altitude Sickness and Acclimatisation:


    Altitude sickness is common among hikers in Nepal's Himalayan Region. It happens when the body doesn't get enough oxygen at higher elevations, causing headaches and dizziness. Acclimatization is essential to prevent this. It means gradually getting used to higher altitudes by resting, drinking fluids, and ascending slowly. Spending an extra day at lower elevations before going higher is the best way to avoid altitude sickness. Hydration is the main issue during Trekking to prevent dehydration, which can worsen altitude sickness. Drinking plenty of water, tea, and soup can help. Trekkers can also take medicines like acetazolamide or dexamethasone to relieve symptoms. However, it's best to consult a doctor first. Proper acclimatization techniques are like "climb high, sleep low," and please keep in mind that during your trek, you should always stay hydrated, which would reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Booking with an experienced guide can ensure you get the right advice and help during your trek.



    Fitness and Training:


    Trekking and climbing in Nepal's Hilly region and high-terrain Himalayas require physical fitness and training for a safe journey. Trekking involves walking long distances, sometimes for hours daily, over different terrain and at high altitudes. To build stamina and prepare the body, it's best to start fitness activities a few months before the trip, including cardio, strength, and endurance training.

    Your journey to Nepal can be safe and successful with physical fitness, training, and preparation. Be aware of the risks and challenges, and take necessary safety measures for a fun and secure trip.



    Packing Check list:


    When planning a trip to Nepal, packing the right gear is crucial for a successful journey, which includes clothing, equipment, and accessories tailored to your trek and the time of year. If you're trekking, pack light unless you're hiring a porter. Consider renting or buying gear in Nepal to save space. Ensure your equipment is high-quality and in good condition to avoid problems in the mountains. Take our suggestions to prepare your baggage correctly. Lastly, double-check the weather forecast and ensure you have all the necessary items for a safe and comfortable trip.


    Typical Day:


    Each day of the Trek brings new experiences as you explore different places, enjoy breathtaking landscapes, and converse with locals to learn more about their customs and culture. Our guides will provide information about the places you visit.Trekking usually starts around 7-8 am, depending on the distance to cover and the terrain. We'll stop for lunch after about three hours of Trekking, usually on the way to our destination for the day. After lunch, you'll have an hour to rest before continuing the Trek. The afternoon trek is shorter, and once we reach our destination, you'll have time to explore until it gets dark. Dinner is served around 6-7 pm, followed by a briefing from your trek leader about the next day's plan. Afterward, you can relax and entertain yourself with games or learn Nepali words from our crew.


    About the sensitive zone in Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking


    Trekking in the Kanchenjunga circuit Trekking area can be sensitive due to its remote and rugged terrain. The region is known for its steep trails, unpredictable weather, and potential for altitude sickness. Limited infrastructure and medical facilities increase the difficulty in case of emergencies. Additionally, landslides and avalanches pose significant hazards, particularly during certain seasons. It's crucial to take responsibility for your safety by ensuring proper preparation, acclimatisation, and caution. These are essential for a safe trekking experience in this challenging yet rewarding area.

    Trip Itinerary

    Your trip day starts today when you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our representative at the airport. He will be carrying a signboard with our company’s name on it. Then you will be transferred to the tour hotel and checked in. A trip briefing will follow later today and the time will be notified to you by the representative who picks you up from the airport. We will come to meet and brief you about the trip at the fixed time. Until then just relax or explore a bit of surrounding.

    Max. altitude

    1337 m/ 4385 ft

    Accomodation

    3* hotel

    Meals

    only Hotel

    We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include;We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having the history over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight about ethnic Newari culture, Budhhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skill of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is nice Circular Square with the stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.

    Max. altitude

    1337 m/ 4385 ft

    Hours

    6 hrs

    Accomodation

    3* hotel

    Meals

    B/B

    Drive to airport to fly to Bhadrapur in the eastern part of Nepal and then drive to Ilam. Stay overnight in Ilam.

    Max. altitude

    1627 m/ 5337 ft

    Hours

    3-4 hrs

    Accomodation

    simple guest house

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Take early morning breakfast and drive to Taplejung and start the very first day of trek to Mitlung. Stay overnight in Mitlung.

    Max. altitude

    921 m/ 1627 fet

    Hours

    5 hrs

    Accomodation

    Best guest house

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Trek to the beautiful village of Chirwa through beautiful landscapes of the eastern middle hills. Walk plenty of uphill and downhill trails crossing many different villages and beautiful rural settings. The trek today will be of about 6 hours. Stay overnight in Chirwa.

    Max. altitude

    1270m/4166 ft

    Hours

    5-6 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Start the trek of the day to Sukathum passing through beautiful landscapes. The trek passes through beautiful forested area, villages and river bank on the bank of River Tamor. Reach Sukathum and stay overnight there. The trek today will be of about 6 hours.

    Max. altitude

    1600 m/ 5334 ft

    Hours

    5-6 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Take your breakfast and start the trek of the day. The trek today will be a little challenging as the trail goes a lot of uphill and downhill trails frequently. It’s a long day as the trek will be of about 7 hours passing carefully through lots of tricky trails. Reach Amjilossa after a long and careful walking day and stay overnight there. 

    Max. altitude

    2510 m/ 8234 ft

    Hours

    7 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    About 7 hours of trek today takes you to the beautiful village of Gyabla where you will find the ethnic people of Tibetan origin. The trail today passes through beautiful bamboo forest, waterfalls and beautiful landscapes. Reach Gyabla and stay overnight there.

    Max. altitude

    2730 m/8956 ft

    Hours

    5 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    The first part of the trekking today goes downhill and ascends later. About 6 hours of trekking today takes you to the beautiful Sherpa settlement at Ghunsa. Once you reach Ghunsa, explore and enjoy the Sherpa settlement and culture. Stay overnight there.

    Max. altitude

    3595 m/ 11795 ft

    Hours

    7 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Go for short hiking trip as part of the acclimatizing process. Walk and explore around the area that will expose you to the nature at the elevation of almost 3600 meters above sea level. Stay overnight at Ghunsa.

    Max. altitude

    3595

    Trek to Khambachen today after your breakfast. The trail passes through beautiful mountain meadows which gives us the beautiful Himalayan floral experience. The trek today also allows us to behold the spectacular mountain view. At one section you have to pass through a landslide as well. After walking for about 6 hours, you arrive at Khambachen. Stay overnight there.

    Max. altitude

    4100 m/ 13451 ft

    Hours

    4 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Another acclimatization day today, so walk around and take short hikes to adjust to the high altitude climate. Overnight at Khabachen.

    Max. altitude

    41oo m/13451 ft

    Hours

    6 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Start the trek to Lhonak today after your breakfast. The tricky trail leads you to Lhonak today walking past Ramtang monastery and a tricky landslide section. Reach Lhonak and stay overnight there. The trek today will be of about 6 hours.

    Max. altitude

    4785 m/15699 ft

    Hours

    4 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Trek to Pangpema through the Kanchenjunga glacier. Walk even further to the Kanchenjunga base camp and return back to Pangpema where you will spend the night today. From a little higher point at Pangpema you can enjoy the spectacular view of the mountain peaks in the Kanchenjunga massif. Stay overnight at Pangpema. The trek today will be of about 7 hours.

    Max. altitude

    5143 m/ 16873

    Hours

    6 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to final deal.

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Trek back to Khambachen. Stay overnight there.

    Max. altitude

    4100 m/ 13451 ft

    Hours

    7 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Trek back to Ghunsa and stay overnight there.

    Max. altitude

    3475 m/11401 ft

    Hours

    6 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Trek uphill to Sele Le from Ghunsa. The trek today will be of about 7 hours.

    Max. altitude

    4290 m/ 14074 ft

    Hours

    5-6 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Enjoy the view of the Himalayan peaks of Makalu and Jannu Himala. After walking for about 7 hours you reach Cheram crossing the Mirgin La and other passes. Stay overnight at Cheram.

    Max. altitude

    3870 m/ 12697

    Hours

    6 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Trek steep uphill past the Yalung Glacier to reach Ramche to have a spectacular view of the Himalayan range. Walking up through the valley, we reach the point to be wonderstruck by the magnificence of Kanchenjunga and Jannu Himal. Descend back to Cheram and stay overnight.

    Max. altitude

    4580 m/ 15026

    Hours

    5-6 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Trek down to Tortong from Cheram today after your breakfast. Go past beautiful landscape and rhododendron forest to reach Tortong and stay overnight there.

    Max. altitude

    2995 m/9827 ft

    Hours

    7 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Tortong – Yamphudin – 2080 m

    Max. altitude

    2080 m/6825 ft

    Hours

    5-6 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    You are descending with a huge elevation change on our descents. Today you will walk down to the elevation of 1007 meters above sea level. The walk today will take you about 7 hours to reach a beautiful village of Yangpang.

    Max. altitude

    1007 m/3303 ft

    Hours

    7 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the eastern middle hills while you trek to Thorpu today. The walk today will take you through some of the amazing villages in the region. Reach Thorpu and stay overnight there.

    Max. altitude

    1500 m/ 4921

    Hours

    5 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    The drive today will take you to a completely different landscape than what you were experiencing for a couple of days now. You will be welcomed by the southern plains of the Terai region. Reach Birtamod and stay overnight in a hotel.

    Max. altitude

    300 m/ 984 ft

    Hours

    5 hrs

    Accomodation

    according to booking del

    Meals

    B/L/D

    Drive to Bhadrapur airport from Birtamod to take the flight back to Kathmandu. You will have some free time to relax or take a walk around.

    Max. altitude

    1337 m/ 4385 ft

    Hours

    4 hrs

    Accomodation

    3* hotel

    Meals

    B/B

    We will transfer you to airport for your final departure flight back home or to next destination.

    Hours

    30 minute hrs

    Meals

    Breakfast only
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    Includes

      • Airport picks up and transfers to hotel.
      • Three nights accommodations in Kathmandu  3-star category with breakfast.
      • Day sightseeing in old heritage sites with a tourist guide.
      • All of the ground transportation is mentioned in the Itinerary.
      • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitudes.
      • Kanchanjunga entry permit , TIMS card. and local entry tax. 
      • An experienced and first aid trained license holder trekking guide.
      • A strong trekking porter (one porter for 2 persons) one porter carries 15 KG.
      • Meals, accommodation, transportation, equipment insurance, and salary for trekking crews.
      • Simple Accommodation during the trek twin or multi-sharing basis.
      • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)
      • Nepali culture show with farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

    Doesn't Include

      • Nepal entry visa and Travel/Medical insurance.
      • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu. 
      • Snacks, drinks, and toiletries during the trekking.
      • Hot shower and Battery Charges while on trek (if need to pay)
      • Single supplements in hotels except for solo trekking service.
      • Optional trips which are not specified in the itinerary.
      • Necessary sightseeing entrance fee for the heritage site.
      • Personal trekking equipment and Donation to the local organization.
      • Helicopter evacuation/rescue in case of emergency.
      • Gratitude to guide and porter.

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    Equipment List

    Clothing:
    • Lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers
    • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
    • Waterproof and windproof jacket
    • Waterproof and breathable pants
    • Trekking pants (convertible to shorts are convenient)
    • Quick-drying T-shirts
    • Thermal socks
    • Waterproof and insulated gloves
    • Warm hat and sun hat
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    Footwear:
    • Comfortable, broken-in trekking boots
    • Gaiters (optional but can be useful in snow or rain)
    Backpack:
    • Large backpack (50-70 liters) for carrying personal gear
    • Daypack (20-30 liters) for daily essentials during trekking
    Sleeping Gear:
    • Sleeping bag suitable for low temperatures (rated for at least -10°C or lower)
    • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)

    Trekking Gear:
    • Trekking poles for stability
    • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
    • Water purification tablets or water filter
    • Refillable water bottles or a hydration system
    • Duct tape or repair kit for gear
    Health and Hygiene:
    • First aid kit with basic medications (consult with a healthcare professional)
    • Personal medications and prescriptions
    • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Sunscreen with high SPF
    • Lip balm with UV protection
    • Personal hygiene items
    Electronics:
    • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
    • Power bank and charging cables
    • Travel adapter for electrical outlets
    Climbing Gear (if attempting higher peaks):
    • Crampons
    • Ice axe
    • Harness
    • Helmet
    Documents and Permits:
    • Passport and necessary permits
    • Travel insurance
    • Passport-sized photos
    Miscellaneous:
    • Snacks and energy bars
    • Trekking map and guidebook
    • Whistle
    • Multi-tool or knife
    • Cash (local currency) and credit cards
    • Lightweight and compact daypack for exploring around base camps

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