Trek To Kanchenjunga -21 days

Duration: 21 Days   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Trekkers Hut
  • Group Size: 2-20
  • Max Altitude: 5338m

Kanchenjunga Trek Overview:

Trek to Kanchenjunga is an adventurous yet spectacular trek that takes you to the third-highest peak in the world, Mt Kanchenjunga. Sharing the border of Nepal and Sikkim (India), it is located at an awe-inspiring height of 8,568 m (28,110 ft).

The Trek to Kanchenjunga takes you to the base of the mountain and some of its most beautiful and serene surrounding regions. Trekking through the lush green meadows and alpine terrain of the Kanchenjunga, you will be enchanted with spectacular views of the snow-covered mountain and its sprawling foothills. You will be greeted with dramatic views of the majestic Himalayas as you go through the verdant meadows, deep valleys, and rhododendron forests.

This trek to Kanchenjunga is an ideal destination for those who want to explore the Himalayas' beauty and experience the thrill of trekking in the high-altitude terrain. Along the way, you will get the chance to witness the local culture and customs, interact with the locals, explore the ancient monasteries and get a glimpse of the stunning Himalayan landscape.

What To Expect at Trekking To Kanchenjunga

During your journey to the Kanchenjunga Trek, snow-capped peaks will surround you. You can take a moment to enjoy the stunning views of the Himalayas here. As you continue on your trek, you will be delighted by the abundant wildlife spotted along the trail. From the rare Impedance Pheasant to the Red-Billed Blue Magpie and the majestic Himalayan black bear, the Kanchenjunga trek is well known for its common wildlife. We may even spot the rarely-seen Red Panda if we are very lucky. This elusive creature is often seen to be perched atop a tree near the higher altitudes of the mountain. Catching a glimpse of this rare and beautiful creature is always a relief.

The Kanchenjunga trek is a lifetime journey with breathtaking mountain vistas, lush forests, and an incredible array of wildlife. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a first-time hiker, the Kanchenjunga trek is sure to leave you with a sense of wonder and a feeling of accomplishment. Be sure to keep your eyes open during the trek, and you may just be able to spot some of the wildlife along the trail.

At the beginning of the trekking, we hike through the lowlands, admiring the incredible farm fields built into the side of the hills. As we gain altitude, we pass lush oak forests and magnificent rhododendron trees. Soon, we are given breathtaking mountain views - Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga peering into our vision. Seeing these mountains in all their glory is something few people have the privilege of experiencing, and it will surely be a moment saved in your memory forever.

Our adventure does not stop there. After passing through the mesmerizing Yalung Glacier, we climb over some high passes, eventually reaching the highest point of our trek, Pang Pema (5140 meters). We begin our Kanchenjunga summit expeditions here. In addition to crossing another high pass, we descend past picturesque yak grazing pastures, the perfect place for a last glimpse of the iconic mountain.

No matter how remote and difficult the journey may be, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is definitely worth the effort. The incredible views and life-changing experiences will stay with you forever. So if you're up for an adventure of a lifetime, join us as we explore the wonders of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Best Time To Go For Kanchenjunga Trek Circuit

If you plan to trek the Kanchenjunga circuit, the best time to do so is between mid-March and June end and mid-September to mid-November. The weather conditions during these months are generally dry and pleasant, making trekking more enjoyable. Trekkers should avoid going trekking during the monsoon season, as the trails get slippery and roads may be blocked due to torrential rains. In the winter, trekking is often impossible as it snows heavily, trails become inaccessible, and the weather is cold.

The trek starts from Taplejung, a small town in the eastern region of Nepal, and is a 24-day trek. The Kanchenjunga trek circuit is a challenging one and involves several ascents and descents, so it is essential that you are physically fit and well-prepared for it. It passes through several villages, where you can learn about the local culture and traditions and visit Kanchenjunga's sacred sites.

The trek also takes you to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, where you can get a close view of the Kanchenjunga range. This is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Nepal, and the view from here is simply mesmerizing. The trek culminates at the Lhonak village, where you can rest for a few days before returning to Taplejung.

Route, Accommodation & Meals During Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

The entire trek to Kanchenjunga will take us 21 days from start to finish. Kanchenjunga Trek is one of the most magical experiences in the world. It is situated in the eastern Himalayas, spanning over 8,000 meters, and stands as one of the third highest peaks in the world. Its journey takes you through amazing high passes, ancient forests, and various unique local cultures.

The Kanchenjunga Trek offers something for everyone, the trek begins in the colorful city of Taplejung. From here, the trail leads towards the nearby foothills of the Kanchenjunga mountain range. Along the way, trekkers will experience some of the most stunning scenery in the Himalayas and go through some forests and get the chance to admire many species of birds, wild animals, and colorful flowers in the wilderness.

On the Kanchenjunga Circuit, you can expect to stay in comfortable lodges with excellent services and facilities. The lodges provide you with three meals a day, and the rooms are equipped with a fireplace, comfortable seating, and attached bathrooms with hot water facilities and Wi-Fi. You’ll also be provided with blankets, pillows, and foam complimentary. However, Wi-Fi, hot water, and mobile charging are usually charged separately.

Apart from that, you’ll also get to admire the beauty of Kanchenjunga, which is a sight to behold. Trekkers can also enjoy the local culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people and gain a unique insight into their culture.

Highlights

  • An unforgettable trek that takes trekkers into the heart of remote, rarely-trodden Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • Explore Nepal's Eastern mountainous regions less explored by tourists
  • Enjoy a walk past the region's glacial lakes
  • Amazing time walking through the diverse flora and fauna
  • Spend some time meditating in the Ramtang and Oktang Monasteries after a tiring walk.
  • Stunning views of mountain ranges, including Kanchenjunga.
  • A strenuous hike through forests and on high passes.
  • A unique culture of the Sherpa people.
  • Wild animals and birds of many species
     

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 Fly to Bhadrapur or Biratnagar and drive to Phidim - 7 Hour

    We take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur or Biratnagar and then drive to Phidim (6 to 7 hours drive).

    • Max. Altitude: 1160m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Phidim
  • Day 02 Drive to taplejung and trek to Mitlung. - 7 Hour

    Drive from Phidim to Taplejung (1820 m) 3 to 4 hours then trek to Mitlung (920m) for 3 hours. Trek through the fertile land gradually up and down to Mitlung.

    • Max. Altitude: 920m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Mitlung
  • Day 03 Trek to Chirwa - 4 or 5 hours

    The trail ascends and descends as its pace and we walk through rice field and thick forest crossing some rivers.

    • Max. Altitude: 1300m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Chirwa
  • Day 04 Trek to Sekathum 5 to 6 hours

    Today we pass many cardamom field since its famous for this region then down to the big forest and follow Tamor river then arrives Sekathum.

    • Max. Altitude: 1670m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Sekathum
  • Day 05 Trek to Amjilosa 6 to 7 hours.

    Today will be little tougher day since the trail has more up and down as well as tricky. Have to be careful in the gorge.

    • Max. Altitude: 2520m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Amjilosa
  • Day 06 Trek to Gyabla 5 to 6 hours.

    The trails lead ahead through dense bamboo and rhododendron forest. You can enjoy by seeing many waterfalls during the walk.

    • Max. Altitude: 2730m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Gyalba
  • Day 07 Trek to Ghunsa 4 to 5 hours.

    First we descend and enter an open valley where you can feel Tibetan lifestyle since there is a Tibetan refugees settlements. You can find Tibetan made souvenirs on the way. Ghunsa is a big Sherpa village where you will spend two nights.

    • Max. Altitude: 3595m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Ghunsa
  • Day 08 Acclimatization day in Ghunsa.

    Today will have rest day at Ghunsa. During acclimatization you can either visit a monastery Lapsan La or could hike up to 4200 m on the way to Dudhkunda (milky lake). 4 to 5 hours.

    • Max. Altitude: 3595m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Ghunsa
  • Day 09 Trek to Kambachen 5 to 6 hours.

    We trek further north along the river bank with the mind blowing views of mountain through the Rhododendron and pine forest.

    • Max. Altitude: 4050m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Kambachen
  • Day 10 Trek to Lhonak 6 to 7 hours.

    Another tough day here as we need to start walking earlier. We pass through rocky field and land slide where steady in needed.

    • Max. Altitude: 4780m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Lhonak
  • Day 11 Day Hike to north Kanchenjunga BC.

    Day hiking to Pangpema (5065 m) and Kanchenjunga base camp (5338m) on the north side 5 – 6 hours to view the Mt. Kanchenjunga and return to Lhonak.

    • Max. Altitude: 4780m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Lhonak
  • Day 12 Trek back to Ghunsa 6 to 7 hours.

    We come back to Ghunsa after achieving our goal enjoy downhill walking to Ghunsa.

    • Max. Altitude: 3595m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Ghunsa
  • Day 13 Trek to Selele 5 to 6 hours.

    It will be steep trek upward to Selele through dense forest of Rhododendron and Juniper.

    • Max. Altitude: 4300m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Selele
  • Day 14 Trek to Tseram 7 to 8 hours.

    Today will be the extreme day since we need to cross 3 different passes. Trek Sele La – Sinion La Pass (4460 m) – Mirgin La Pass (4480 m) – Sinelapcha La Pass (4646 m) – Tseram (3870 m).

    • Max. Altitude: 3870m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Tseram
  • Day 15 Day hiking to Oktang Base Camp 5 to 6 hours.

    We go for day hiking to Oktang to observe the Kanchenjunga South and return to Tseram.

    • Max. Altitude: 3870m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Tseram
  • Day 16 Trek to Torangden 5 to 6 hours.

    We descend all the way down to Torangden through lush of Rhododendron forest.

    • Max. Altitude: 2995m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Torangden
  • Day 17 Trek to Yamphudin 6 to 7 hours.

    As part of our trek today, we will trek from Torangden to Yamphudin, which will take us 6-7 hours to complete.

    • Max. Altitude: 2080m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Yamphudin
  • Day 18 Trek to Khebang 4 to 5 hours.

    The trek to Khebang will take us about 4 to 5 hours to complete. At the end of the trek, we will have the time to rest in a tea house at Khebang.

    • Max. Altitude: 1910m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Khebang
  • Day 19 Trek to Khandembe 5 to 6 hours.

    The goal for today is to reach Khandembe, a journey that will take us approximately five to six hours, and we will spend the night in this place.

    • Max. Altitude: 1420m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Khandembe
  • Day 20 Trek to Medibung 3 hours and drive to Ilam 4 to 5 hours.

    The trek to Medibung takes about three hours and the drive to Ilam takes about four and a half to five hours. We trek till Medibung today and drive to Ilam for overnight. Ilam is a great city in the east of Nepal.

    • Max. Altitude: 2150m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Ilam
  • Day 21 Drive to Bhadrapur / Biratnagar and fly to Kathmandu

    We will drive from Ilam to either Bhadrapur or Biratnagar for a little over three hours over the next few hours and then we will take a flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu, which will take about an hour or 40 minutes.

    • Max. Altitude: 1340m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast
    • Place: Kathmandu

Inclusion

  • All transportation by private vehicle including Airport transfers.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available tea houses lodge during the trek.
  • A highly Experienced professional trekking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 pax) with their food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag (to be returned).
  • Trekking map for a group and trekking achievement certificate.
  • First aid medical Kit.
  • All required special permits and permits for trekking.
  • Government tax/vat and office service charge.

 

  • International Airfare.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Major foods ( Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Nepal entry visa fee is 15 days 30$, 30 days 50$, and 90 days 120$.
  • Soft drinks, hard drinks, and drinking water.
  • Entry fees of Kathmandu world heritage sites.
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses.
  • Hot shower, Battery charge, and Wi-Fi during the trekking period.
  • Tips and gratitude for the staff.
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