Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek -22 Days Elevations is 5,160 M/17,028/ft,

Arrival On : Taplejung
Max Altitude : 5143 m / 16873 ft (Pangpema)
Accommodation Types : Basic Tea House
Trip Duration : 22 Days
Difficulty : Challenging
Departure From : Khamdime

Trip Overview

Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft). And the basecamp of this mountain is at 5160 meter above the sea level. The base camp trek to Kanchenjunga is regarded as the best off the beaten trekking trail of the region.

Explore the less traversed Eastern mountainous regions of Nepal Walk past the popular glacial lakes in the region Amazing time walking through the diverse flora and fauna Meditate in Ramtang and Oktang Monasteries after your tiring walks.Have an amazing time on the lap of the giant peaks.The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek visits both the north and south base camps of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world at 8,586m.

Due to the fact this is a remote area trek, a good level of fitness and some trekking experience is desirable. Yet despite of its remoteness,trekkers gain insight into peoples’ way of life and can visit Ramtang and Oktang Monasteries. On the way, the landscape is filled with rivers; waterfalls; green meadows; rhododendron, birch and pine forests; the Yalung Glacier, and of course, visitors are accompanied on the route by the majestic mountains.

Kanchenjunga itself lies on the far eastern side of Nepal, near the border with Sikkim, a tiny Himalayan state in the north-eastern part of India. Until mid-1800, it was thought Kanchenjunga was the highest peak in the world.

This area was closed to trekkers until the mid-1980. Today the region is protected by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and a special trekking permit is required. With these restrictions, the beautiful and unique flora and fauna of this area is still in pristine condition today.

With regards to the mountains themselves, in addition to the main peak of Kanchenjunga, there are four subsidiary summits exceeding 8,000m, them most important being Kanchenjunga West, also known as Yalung Kang (8,505m). Also found in this area are approximately twenty peaks exceeding 7,000m, the highest being Kambachen (7,903m), Janu (7,710m), Jongsong (7,483m), Kabru (7,353m), Tent Peak (7,365m) and the Twins (7,350m).

In addition, there are numerous peaks over 6,000m. Amongst this impressive cluster of peaks are five major glacial systems. Of these, Zumu, Talung and Rathong flow into Sikkim while to the west, the Kanchenjunga and Yalung glaciers flow into the mighty Tamor River of Nepal. This just adds to the fact trekking in Kanchenjunga is an unforgettable experience where trekkers get right into the heart of the remote, less trekked, Himalaya mountains and valleys.

With the recent addition to the trekking map of the Great Himalayan Trail, tourism is being promoted in this, as well as other, remote areas so there is the opening up of more teahouses on the route. While this is positive for the local communities, now would be a good time to go to Kanchenjunga before more trekkers ‘discover’ the area!

Short Itinerary

Day 01:

Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (Flight) to Ilam (Drive)

Day 02:

Ilam to Taplejung (Drive)

Day 03:

Taplejung to Chirwa

Day 04:

Chirwa to Lelep

Day 05:

Lelep to Amjilosa

Day 06:

Amjilosa to Gyabla

Day 07:

Gyabla to Ghunsa

Day 08:

Acclimatization Day

Day 09:

Ghunsa to Kambachen

Day 10:

Acclimatization Day

Day 11:

Kambachen to Lhonak

Day 12:

Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp

Day 13:

Lhonak to Ghunsa

Day 14:

Ghunsa to Sele Le

Day 15:

Sele Le to Cheram

Day 16:

Day Trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp

Day 17:

Cheram to Torongding

Day 18:

Torongding to Yamphuding

Day 19:

Yamphuding to Khebang

Day 20:

Khebang to Khamdime

Day 21:

Khamdime to Bhadrapur (Drive)

Day 22:

Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (Flight)


Day 01 Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (Flight) to Ilam (Drive)
Overnight: Hotel

After breakfast, our guide will collect you from your hotel and accompany you to the airport. The short flight to Bhadrapur takes us over the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding hill and through some of the mountains Nepal is famous for. A free mountain flight! On arrival in Bhadrapur, we will drive to Ilam, the heart of the tea plantation area of the country.

Day 02 Ilam to Taplejung (Drive)
Overnight: Hotel

After breakfast, we drive for 4 hours through terraced fields and hills to reach Taplejung where we spend the night. There will be time to explore the town after lunch. It is an interesting place with many Buddhist gompas.

At one of these gompas, we can see butter lamps which have been burning continuously for 400 years. A stream outside the gompa turns prayer wheels which send the mantra “om mane padme hum” to the heavens.

Day 03 Taplejung to Chirwa
Overnight: Tea House

Today we start our trek proper! It’s a long day of mainly downhill but we have a chance to catch our breath at the village of Sinwa on the banks of the Tamor River before continuing on.

Day 04 Chirwa to Lelep
Overnight: Tea House

This is another long day of 7 hours hiking. But as we pass through Tapethok we enter the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Here we have our permits checked before heading across a suspension bridge and ascending to Lelep.

Day 05 Lelep to Amjilosa
Overnight: Tea House

Waterfalls and suspension bridges are part of today’s trail. Plus we come to the first Sherpa village on our trek where we stay overnight. The village of Amjilosa is mainly used during the time when the yaks and sheep are in the pastures so very few families live here full time.

Day 06 Amjilosa to Gyabla
Overnight: Tea House

After breakfast, we head off through different forests of pine, bamboo, rhododendron and oak. We notice the villages and people are becoming more Tibetan like.

We also see yaks, sheep and goats on the trail, not to mention a good variety of birdlife. After lunch the trail takes us up through dense forest cover and over a wooden bridge on to Gyabla where we spend the night.

Day 07 Gyabla to Ghunsa
Overnight: Tea House

Today the trail continues on through forests and passed Phale Village which was a Tibetan refugee camp started decades ago when Tibetans started fleeing from the communist regime in China.

Day 08 Acclimatization Day
Overnight: Tea House

We are now at higher altitude and aiming to go higher! So we take the opportunity to relax and acclimatize in Ghunsa. There is a monastery to explore and a ridge to climb.

From the ridge there are views of Jannu Peak which is worth the 5 hours plus round trip. Should you wish to climb up the ridge – and we recommend this as it helps acclimatize our bodies – we will take a packed lunch with us.

Day 09 Ghunsa to Kambachen
Overnight: Tea House

Views of the Jannu Himal dominate the skyline today. Following a gentle upwards path we come to a green glacier valley. Here we may be lucky to spot blue sheep and snow leopards. The trail continues on past a waterfall to a landslide-prone area where we take particular care.

Day 10 Acclimatization Day
Overnight: Tea House

Again we take the chance to acclimatize our bodies to the altitude and in preparation for our visit to the North Base Camp. We can climb another ridge today where we get stunning views of Kanchenjunga.

Day 11 Kambachen to Lhonak
Overnight: Tea House

Today the trail takes us mainly over moraine from the Kanchenjungan Glacier. Walking uphill over large boulders there are wonderful views on both sides of us.

And as we are deep in Snow Leopard territory we keep our eyes open for this rare animal too! This is also an area of summer yak pastures but there are no settlements on the route.

Day 12 Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp
Overnight: Tea House

After a good breakfast, we again set out across moraine from the Kanchenjunga Glacier, gently climbing upwards. At Base Camp we stand in awe of the surrounding mountains and drink up the atmosphere completed by Buddhist prayer flags fluttering in the wind. We sit here for some time enjoying the tranquillity and a hot drink and snacks! We return to Lhonak for the night.

Day 13 Lhonak to Ghunsa
Overnight: Tea House

Trekking over pebbles and moraine we reach Kambachen Village for lunch before heading east along the Tamor River. Now the vegetation is greener as we again return to Ghunsa where we spend the night.

Day 14 Ghunsa to Sele Le
Overnight: Tea House

Today the trail takes us through a forest and along a grassy ridge from where we can see Ghunsa and Phole villages as well as Mt. Makalu in the distance.

Day 15 Sele Le to Cheram
Overnight: Tea House

We start out early this morning towards the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Crossing the Sinion La pass (4,450m) the trail takes us along a ridge to Sinelapche La pass (4,830m).

From here the views of Mt Kanchenjunga and its valley are fantastic. We descend along a small trail to Cheram, the only settlement we find on this route. We overnight here.

Day 16 Day Trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp
Overnight: Tea House

Today we trek to Ramche where we stop for lunch before walking on for around 40 minutes to reach Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. The Base Camp is right on the edge of the glacier, and surrounded by Tibetan prayer flags. We return the way we came to overnight at Cheram.

Day 17 Cheram to Torongding
Overnight: Tea House

Today the trail is mostly downhill through a gorge. But the final section is a steep uphill over an area prone to landslides and through forests. There are no settlements until we reach Torongding, where there are a few teahouses.

Day 18 Torongding to Yamphuding
Overnight: Tea House

After breakfast, we head off downhill and then it turns to a steep and long uphill hike. We pass over a landslide-prone area leading to Lasiya Bhanjyang where there is one teashop where we can stop for lunch. Then the trail takes as steep downhill through more forests until we reach the big village of Yamphuding.

Day 19 Yamphuding to Khebang
Overnight: Tea House

The walking is easier now we are back at a lower altitude. We find interesting villages and terraced fields on our route. We continue on to Khebang where we stay the night.

Day 20 Khebang to Khamdime
Overnight: Tea House

This is the final day of our hiking for tomorrow we take a vehicle to the airport.

Day 21 Khamdime to Bhadrapur (Drive)
Overnight: Tea House

Today we have a long drive in front of us. Time to reflect on the wonderful sights we have seen and rest our tired legs! When we reach Bhadrapur in the evening we can enjoy a hearty dinner with perhaps some beer and relax in a comfortable hotel for the night!

Day 22 Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (Flight)
Overnight: Tea House

We start out early this morning towards the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Crossing the Sinion La pass (4,450m) the trail takes us along a ridge to Sinelapche La pass (4,830m)


  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance.
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Three nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have standard Hotel accommodation please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide.
  • All needed Government fees.
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu(City) lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance and Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get a visa open on your arrival)
  • Any kind of drink. (tea, coffee, hard and soft drinks, Drinking water, etc)
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu (late departure or early arrival from the mountains.
  • Donation Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.

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