KANCHENJUNGA CIRCUIT TREKKING
Mt. Kanchenjunga is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world of 8,856m. located in far eastern part of Nepal (border near to Sikkim), stands as a third highest peak of the world. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking(Kanchenjunga Summit Trek) is getting more popular nowadays among nature enthusiasts as it is a long adventure to the most remote and beautiful area of Himalayas in Nepal’s eastern regions. We can see five great summits that make up Kanchenjunga. In Tibet Kanchenjunga means “five treasures of snow” and it was named as Mt. Kanchenjunga.
You will be rewarded with a unique insight into Nepali rural lifestyle and it’s culture since, this trekking region is less crowded. You will also experience every climate Nepal has to offer from steamy jungles to jumble glaciers. Autumn months (September-November) and spring (March-May) are considered as the best seasons for Kanchenjunga Circuit trekking(Kanchenjunga Summit Trek). There is better visibility of the landscape during these months, the rivers are lower and the temperature is cooler on the first few days of the trek. Hike through the diverse glacial landscape, an isolated region where you learn more about the multiple cultures of the various hill people to make a trip of a lifetime remembrance.
Kanchenjunga Summit Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft.).
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for trekking.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81m./266 ft).
Day 04: Fly to Taplejung and trek to Tabawa
Day 05: Trek to Khesewa.
Day 06: Trek to Mamanke.
Day 07: Trek to Yamphudin.
Day 08: Trek to Lamite.
Day 09: Trek to Torongtan.
Day 10: Trek to Tseram.
Day 11: Trek to Ramze.
Day 12: Trek to Oktang and Labsang.
Day 13: Mirgin La Pass.
Day 14: Sinion La Pass and Ghunsa.
Day 15: Trek to Kambachen.
Day 16: Acclimatization/Rest Day.
Day 17: Trek to Lhonak.
Day 18: Trek to Pangpema.
Day 19: Rest Day.
Day 20: Trek to Kambachen.
Day 21: Trek to Kyapra.
Day 22: Trek to Tangep.
Day 23: Trek to Sakanthon.
Day 24: Trek to Sinwa.
Day 25: Trek to Dobhan.
Day 26: Trek to Taplejung.
Day 27: Fly to Kathmandu via Biratnagar.
Day 28: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 29: Departure.
Our team member in International airport will welcome you and you will be taken to your respective hotel. After check in, and welcome drinks you will be free to explore around Thamel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
After breakfast, our city tour leader takes you to visit several of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath temple, and Durbar Square. Afterwards, you will meet with your trek leader and he will brief about your trip.
Day 03: Fly to Biratnagar
Our scenic morning flight offers timeless views of the massive Himalayan range from an aerial viewpoint. After takeoff, your guide will meet you and brief about your trip.
Day 04: Fly to Taplejung and trek to Tabawa
Once again, we will take another scenic flight to the stone village of Taplejung, administrative regioin of the region. We will pass along a scenic high pass heading to a ridge after we begin our trek, that gradually rises through a meadow before arriving the Tabawa.
Day 05: Trek to Khesewa
We begin our trial with a steady descent to Phawa Khola River, passing through the traditional terraced rice fields. We then continue to walk through dense forest and hike uphill before stopping to rest and enjoy the awesome mountain scenery. We will step ahead along a relaxing path leading to Khesewa village, camp in the tranquil valley.
Day 06: Trek to Mamanke
We pursue across a diverse route along a ridge following the Kabeli Khola Rivers. We will stop at Jannu to get our first glimpses of mt. Kanchenjunga before exploring the traditional village of Mamanke during the evening.
Day 07: Trek to Yamphudin
We will cross a series of small rivers continuing along an up and down path before climbing a steep ridge leading to Yamphudin. Overnight we will make camp under the peaceful starlight sky.
Day 08: Trek to Lamite
We will move to a dense pine and oak forest in the upper Omje Khola valley, before we will pass along the river slowly moving into remote areas. Next, our trial descends into a serene fir leading to a long bridge near our campsite of the Lamite jungle.
Day 09: Trek to Torongtan
We will follow a path of a windy pass along a rhododendron-encrusted forest. It provide numerous scenic mountain viewpoints offering glimpses of the snow covered peaks. We will continue down a steep path to the river and camping for the night , known as Torongton.
Day 10: Trek to Tseram
We move to the terminal moraine of the Yalung glacier surrounded by the Kabru, Talung and Rathong peaks along a well-built path following the river. Above the river on a grassy site commonly called Tseram will be our camping sites for overnight stay.
Day 11: Trek to Ramze
Today, we will follow a gradually descending trial heading to the famous stone hut at Yalung Bara continuing along a trial offers views of the Himalayan giants towering over the local landscape. We will pass the glacier of Lapsang before arriving in the grassy meadow of Ramze.
Day 12: Trek to Oktang and Labsang
We will do a short hike to the southern face of Kanchenjunga passing a plot of land path to the little known vantage point. We can view awesome mt. Kanchenjunga, Yalung Kang and the Kambachen peak while following along the moraine of the Yalung Glacier. At evening we will enjoy a scenic evening sunset.
Day 13: Mirgin La Pass
As we ascent toward the barren mountain pass, our walk continue along a hillside forest slowly rising above the tree lines. We then move toward the towering red rock pass of Sinelapcha La leading to the Mirgin La Pass.
We will stop to admire the stunning panoramic views stretching from Jannu to Makalu. Our walk continuing down the rocky trail back below the tree line to make camp for overnight stay.
Day 14: Sinion La Pass and Ghunsa
The path leads along a ridge provides views of different peaks and passes before moving through a thick pine forest leading to Ghunsa. We will visit the traditional monastery to learn more about the monk lifestyle. We will make camp near the quaint village.
Day 15: Trek to Kambachen
Our walk follow the narrow trail along the Ghunsa Khola river offering views of the towering Jannu Glacier in the distance. Before climbing a steep trail to the summer settlement of Kambachen we will pass along a bridge passing through Rhambuk Kharka. We will visit the small villages to learn about local lifestyle and at evening we will enjoy the beautiful sunset view.
Day 16: Acclimatization/Rest Day
We will do a rest and prepare for our strenuous hike. We will visit some of the villages and learn more about the traditional lifestyle of native people. Overnight camping
Day 17: Trek to Lhonak
Today we will do a long hiking following easy to rocky trial along the river. As we get close, the views of the region became increasingly attractive and impressive as we had to the scenic moraine offering views of the Pyramid, Nepal Peaks and Tent in the distance. Our camp will be on the sandy plains of Lhonak, can enjoy the sunset view among the pinkish mountain peaks.
Day 18: Trek to Pangpema
We will follow the path along the side of the Kanchenjunga glacier stopping aat several strategic viewpoints to Pangpema. Further we will continue our walk to a small grassy plain located above the glacier. Overnight camping
Day 19: Rest Day
As you relax in the secluded peace of the mountains, explore the local scenery and stunning views of mt Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang.
Day 20: Trek to Kambachen
After an early morning sunrise, we continue to Kambachen. We will follow the same path provides the opportunity to see the views from the opposite direction. This trial is a home to a wide range of diverse flora and fauna. We will spend our time to spot the rare species before camping for overnight stay at Kambachen.
Day 21: Trek to Kyapra
We start the long walk to Kyapra through Ghunsha leading to a forest along the Ghunsa Khola river. We will arrange our camp for overnight stay near to the several traditional Buddhist stone huts offers to learn more about interpretation of Buddhist practices.
Day 22: Trek to Tangep
The path we follow offers to view of waterfalls while the trial alternates between up and down along the river, the path as the surroundings slowly change to a more diverse forest setting. We will camp at Tangep, passing through the unique bamboo forest.
Day 23: Trek to Sakanthon
Our walk continue along a meandering path through the valley. We will pass through the traditional village of Amjilassa, home of traditional nomadic farmers. To reach our camping site we will pass through two powerful waterfalls gushing from steep cliffs.
Day 24: Trek to Sinwa
We will head to the village of Helok, where we will have our lunch passing along the river before crossing a traditional bridge. We then move through timeless rock gorges past the village of Chiruwa to make camp near the town of Sinwa.
Day 25: Trek to Dobhan
Our walk leads downhill along the Tamur river passing through traditional agricultural fields before crossing a large suspension bridge heading to Dobhan. We will visit the hydroelectric power plant facilities to explore the traditional villages before resting.
Day 26: Trek to Taplejung
The trails winds along the Tamur river making for a relaxing hike to Taplejung. We will make an early camp. and do some exploration of the local riverside beauty.
Day 27: Fly to Kathmandu via Biratnagar
We will take a scenic mountain flight and return to Kathmandu. We will do relax in the charming backpacker haven of Thamel.
Day 28: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you can do additional sightseeing, places of your interest exploring the bustling streets of Kathmandu. You may also take some time to do some souvenir shopping at the countless stores offering traditional Nepalese products and handicrafts. We will organize a cultural dinner with traditional food, music and dancing to make sure you get the most of your trip to Himalayan kingdom, Nepal.
Day 29: Departure
Our Visit View Nepal Trek team escorts you to the airport as your flight schedule. After saying our farewells you will continue on your journey with fond memories of your adventure in Nepal.
What are included ?
- Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
- Government license holder Trekking Guide.
- Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
- Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion & if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary.
- Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
- Government Tax.
- Airport drop.
What are not included ?
- Nepal Visa fee & Entrance fees during Kathmandu Tour.
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
- Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Tips for guides and porters.
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Duffel or Rucksack bag & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).
Upper Body – Head / Eyes / Ears
- Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Glacier glasses, Headlamp
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- Down vest and/or jacket*.
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
- Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
- Long shirts (2)
Lower Body – Feet
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
- 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
- Cotton socks (optional).
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Journal and pen
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- 1 modest swim suit
- Binoculars (optional)
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow