Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek - 20 days

Things to Know
  • Duration20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging
  • Altitude 5,140 m | 16,863 ft
  • Trip Type Trekking
  • Start and End Kathmandu | Kathmandu
  • Best Time Mar-May, Oct-Nov
What You’ll Do
  • Dual Base Camp Trek: Explore both the north and south base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga on a unique trekking adventure.
  • Remote Route: Trek through restricted areas of Nepal
  • Spectacular Views: Experience breathtaking mountain panoramas and pristine landscapes.
  • Sele La Pass (4,290m): Conquer the challenging Sele La Pass, reaching an altitude of 4,290 meters.
  • Abundant Wildlife: Traverse the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, home to diverse flora and fauna.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path: Wander less-crowded trails, passing through lush forests and picturesque villages.
  • Cultural Immersion: Interact with local communities and visit ancient monasteries along the way.
  • Unforgettable Journey: Create lasting memories on this unforgettable Himalayan adventure.
  • A scenic flight to Bhadrapur and hop on a classic jeep ride, immersing yourself in picturesque landscapes before your trekking adventure begins.

Kangchenjunga is the third-highest peak in the world and the second-highest in Nepal. Kangchenjunga region contains in full all the diversity of beautiful, invaluable and attractive things. This region extending to the boundaries of three countries is the largest Himalayan region of the world. The population of the Bhote, Sherpa, Rai, Limbu and Gurung.  The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek refers to visiting both North and South Kanchenjunga Base Camps so that tourists of the 3rd highest mountain and the greatest massif in the world can be close to the top and get up close and personal. The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek visits both the north and south base camps of Kanchenjunga. Kanchenjunga, with an elevation of 8,586 meters (28,169 feet), is indeed located on the border between Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim in the eastern Himalayas. It is the third-highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest and K2. Historically, there was confusion regarding the highest mountain peak in the world. Kanchenjunga was believed to be the highest until the mid-19th century when more accurate surveys revealed that peaks like Everest and K2 surpassed them in height. Today, Kanchenjunga remains one of the most challenging and sought-after peaks for mountaineers, renowned for its remote location and difficult climbing conditions. Departing from Kathmandu, our journey commences with a morning flight to Bhadrapur. From there, we embark on a picturesque drive to Taplejung via Ilam. The road offers smooth and scenic travel, allowing us to soak in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Upon reaching Taplejung, we settle in for the night, preparing ourselves for the next leg of our adventure.

The following day, we gear up for the exhilarating journey to Sekhathum. Boarding rugged 4WD jeeps, we traverse through challenging terrain, immersing ourselves in the rugged beauty of the Himalayas. The journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination, offering breathtaking views and a sense of anticipation for the experiences that lie ahead. Upon arrival in Sekhathum, we're ready to begin our trekking adventure into the pristine wilderness, spending the night amidst the tranquility of the mountains. The Selele pass connect  Ghunsa and Tseram. You can explore both these base camps through this pass. Motorable roads have reached from the Taplejung to Sekhathum in the North and Yamphudin in the South.

From Sekhathum onwards, each day will be dedicated to trekking through remote villages, lush forests, and high mountain passes, immersing ourselves in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region. With each step, we'll embrace the challenges and rewards of trekking in the Himalayas, forging unforgettable memories along the way. This comprehensive itinerary sets the stage for an unforgettable expedition, seamlessly blending transportation and trekking to create a seamless and immersive adventure experience.

Unlike the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek and Manaslu Circuit Trek, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is even more difficult and remote. If you are in quest of something extraordinary and a magical venture in the Himalayas, then Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Nepal is the one for you. The trail crosses lush forests, meadows, rivers, waterfalls, and beautiful villages. Kanchenjunga trek is a complete trekking package. It is ranked as a moderate to difficult trek; thus, it is only for avid and experienced trekkers. It requires good preparation, experience, and immense enthusiasm to do this adventure. If you feel like you have all of them, we are here to help you on unravelling this journey.

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  • Altitude1400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time1-2 hours

Let us know your arrival flight and airline schedule, and the airport representative will be at the Tribhuwan International Airport to receive you. He will transfer you to the hotel booked by ourselves in a private vehicle. You can stroll on the road of Thamel in the evening and have a good rest at the hotel.

  • Altitude1400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time4-5 days

Today is dedicated to preparing for your trek, ensuring you have all the necessary gear and equipment. Then, take the opportunity to explore Kathmandu and immerse yourself in its rich culture and heritage as much as possible.

  • Altitude1820 m
  • AccommodationLodge
  • Time45 min flight | 8-9 hours drive

Today, we will fly from Kathmandu (TIA) to Bhadrapur (Chandragadhi Airport on a domestic flight of about 45 to 50 minutes. We will take a local jeep and drive to Bhadrapur. We drive via Mechi Highway from Kanyam viewing the tea cultivations on the way toward Taplejung 

  • Altitude1650 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-9 hours

On the second day of our trek, we'll start with breakfast before embarking on a local jeep ride from Taplejung to our destination, Sekathum. While many trekkers opt to walk this route, our shortened itinerary allows us to utilize available transportation services in the region, giving us a head start of two days compared to others. The scenic drive will take us through charming villages such as Mitlung, Chirwa, Thapethok, and Lelep, tracing the course of the Tamor Nadi River. Along the way, we'll pass through the Kanchenjunga National Park entry point, where our permits will be checked before we continue our journey towards Sekathum. This drive typically takes between 6 to 9 hours, offering glimpses of the stunning landscapes and local life of the region.


  • Altitude2498 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

Following two days of driving, we kick off our trek with breakfast in Sekathum. Our journey into the Himalayas begins as we ascend along the Ghunsa Khola, crossing numerous bridges amidst lush greenery. Along the way, we'll pass through quaint settlements like Jonggim and Ghaiyabari before finally arriving at our destination, Amjilosa. This leg of the trek typically takes around 5 to 6 hours, offering enchanting views of the surrounding landscape and immersing us in the serene atmosphere of the mountains.

  • Altitude2725 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time4-5 hours

After breakfast in Amjilosa, we proceed towards Gyabla, also known as Kyapra. Our trek takes us through dense forests and trails devoid of human settlements, offering a serene and secluded experience. As we hike along the Kanchenjunga Trail, we may be fortunate enough to spot Red Pandas amidst the lush vegetation. The uphill climb rewards us with breathtaking views of the mountains and cascading waterfalls along the way. Taking our time to soak in the scenery, we eventually arrive at the picturesque village of Gyabla after approximately 4 to 5 hours of trekking.


  • Altitude3415 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time4-5 hrs

The walk through the woodlands with a wide range of flora and fauna leads us to the Phale village. Continuing the trek at a pace, we will reach Ghunsa village. Many trekkers stop at Ghunsa for acclimatization, but we have our acclimation day at Khambachen. 

  • Altitude4145 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hrs

After breakfast in Ghunsa, we embark on a gradual ascent through an open pine forest, offering opportunities to spot wildlife such as blue sheep and snow leopards. The trail winds through landslide-prone areas, providing thrilling vistas along the way. As we trek, we're treated to spectacular views of Mt. Jannu and traverse through green glacier valleys. After approximately 5 to 6 hours of hiking, we reach the enchanting village of Khambachen.

  • Altitude4145 m
  • AccommodationTea House

Today serves as an essential acclimatization and rest day in Khambachen, allowing our bodies to adapt to the altitude after several days of trekking. While resting, we'll also partake in a short hike to nearby glaciers, viewpoints, and lakes, taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas. Khambachen is a hub for trekkers journeying to and from the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, providing opportunities to meet fellow adventurers and share experiences. It's a day of relaxation, exploration, and camaraderie, ensuring we're refreshed and ready for the challenges ahead on our trek.

  • Altitude4792 m
  • AccommodationTea house
  • Time4-5 hours

Continuing our journey, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga glacier, encountering fellow trekkers in the bustling main trekking season as they make their way to and from the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. Passing through Ramdang, we stumble upon the Ramdang Monastery, a serene stop along the challenging trail. As we navigate the rugged terrain, we eventually reach the junction of the Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glaciers. Pressing onward, we arrive at the remote settlement of Lhonak

  • Altitude5143 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hrs

Today's trek takes us to the iconic Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, also known as Pang Pema, standing proudly at an elevation of 5143m (16873ft). We'll embark on a gradual ascent, navigating the rugged terrain until we reach this legendary destination. Along the way, we'll be surrounded by the serene beauty of the Himalayas, with prayer flags fluttering in the wind. As we arrive at Pang Pema, we'll be greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of Mt. Kanchenjunga towering above us, a truly unforgettable moment after days of trekking. After soaking in the breathtaking views, we'll return to Lhonak for a peaceful overnight stay, filled with memories of our adventure to the base camp.

  • Altitude3415 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time7-8 hrs

Today's trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa spans approximately 21km (13 miles) and is expected to take around 7 to 8 hours. As we bid farewell to the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and leave behind the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, we retrace our steps along the trail towards Ghunsa. The journey along the Kanchenjunga trail is marked by memorable encounters with stone huts, towering mountain peaks, rocky fields lining the trails, and occasional rock-falling zones. Each step offers a reminder of the rugged beauty and challenges of the Himalayan terrain, leaving us with lasting memories of our trekking adventure.

  • Altitude4240 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hrs

Arriving at Sele Le, we leave the Gyabla trail behind and venture through dense forests, where we might spot snow leopards. Along the way, we pass isolated settlements with a few teahouses, open only during the main trekking season. In heavy snowfall, this pathway is the only route to reach the South Base Camp until Sekathum. If teahouses are closed due to weather but we can still cross the passes, we could even reach Tseram in a day, cutting a day off our itinerary.

  • Altitude3868 m
  • AccommodationTea house
  • Time6-7 hrs

From Sele Le Base Camp, our trek continues towards Tseram, covering a distance of approximately 9km (5.59 miles) for 6 to 7 hours. We begin by ascending from Sele Le Pass to the high-altitude passes of Sinion La (4440m), Mirgin La (4480m), and Sinelapche Bhanjyang (4645m). Along the way, we are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of Mt. Jannu, Everest, Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, and Kanchenjunga. After soaking in these spectacular vistas, we descend to Tseram, where we will spend the night, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Himalayas.

  • Altitude3868 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

Today's trek takes us from Tseram to Ramche, followed by a hike to Oktang, the Yalung South Base Camp Viewpoint, and then back to Tseram. We'll start early in the morning, ascending through the Yalung glacier, gradually gaining altitude and drawing closer to the stunning vistas. Along the way, we'll pass by the Yalung, offering breathtaking views of Rathong (6682m) and Kabru (7412m). After reaching Ramche, we'll pause for a well-deserved lunch break before embarking on the hike to Oktang/Okhordung, the viewpoint of Yalung Base Camp or Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Here, we'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the three summits of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8420m, 8586m, and 8474m), as well as other towering peaks. After exploring this untouched and unexplored area, we'll make our way back to Tseram, completing our trek for the day.

  • Altitude2980 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

Trek from Tseram to Tortong covers a distance of approximately 13km and takes around 6 to 7 hours to complete. As we bid farewell to the snow-capped peaks behind us, we embark on a serene journey through lush rhododendron forests. The trail begins with a gentle downhill descent, offering moments of peace and tranquility amidst nature's embrace. Along the way, we'll be mesmerized by the captivating views of the Himalayas, providing a constant source of inspiration. Our trek culminates as we reach Tortong, where we'll spend the night, immersing ourselves in the beauty of our surroundings and preparing for the adventures that await us.

  • Altitude1692 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

The trek from Tortong to Yamphudin spans 9km and takes 6-7 hours. Descending alongside the Amji Khola, we pass through Lasiya/Lamite Bhanjyang and Dhupi Bhanjyang before reaching the quaint Yamphudin village. 

  • Altitude1210 m
  • AccommodationLodge
  • Time8 hrs drive

After breakfast in Yamphudin, we embark on an 8-hour drive to Kanyam, a charming destination surrounded by tea gardens. Along the way, we pass by picturesque landscapes and witness cardamom and tea cultivation, transitioning from high altitudes to the serene lowlands. Kanyam welcomes us with its popularity as a tourist spot, offering a tranquil retreat amidst lush greenery.

  • Altitude1400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time3 hrs drive | 45min flight

After breakfast in Kanyam, we'll enjoy a brief exploration of the lush tea cultivation area before beginning our 2-3 hour drive to Bhadrapur. From there, we'll catch a short 45 to 50-minute flight back to Kathmandu in the late afternoon. Upon landing, we'll assist you to your hotel and later invite you to join us for a farewell dinner with our management team in the evening.

    The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Our standard itinerary may undergo slight modifications due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as flight cancellations or delays, unfavourable weather conditions, natural disasters, changes in government regulations, political events, or the health conditions of trekkers. In such situations, we assess the available options to resume the trek as smoothly as possible, prioritizing the safety and comfort of our participants. Your cooperation and flexibility during these times are greatly appreciated.

    We recommend arriving one day prior to the trip start date to rest and to have sufficient time to purchase any necessary clothing, equipment, or gear for the trek. Additionally, booking flights with extra days in Nepal allows for flexibility in case of flight disruptions.

    Trip Cost Details
    • Airport Pickup and drop service during both international and Domestic flights
    • All necessary trekking permits 
    • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights
    • All accommodations during the trek
    • Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek and Tea | Coffee
    • Government-licensed and first aid-trained trekking guide
    • Porter (One porter between two trekkers)
    • Salary, food, equipment, and insurance of the trekking Guide and Porter
    • Private Jeep (Bhadrapur - Illam / Taplejung - Sekathum and Yamphudin - Kanyam - Bhadrapur airport)
    • Flight From Kathmandu - Bhadrapur, and Bhadrapur - Kathmandu
    • First aid kit with basic medication
    • Sleeping bag / Down Jacket if needed (it is refundable)
    • Farewell dinner in a fine Restaurant
    • Official expense, all local and government tax and VAT.
    • International flight tickets and Nepal entry visa
    • Travel and health Insurance which covers emergency Rescues and evacuations
    • During trekking time personal expenses, snacks, Beer, coke, juice, water, WI-FI, etc.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu 
    • Sightseeing entrance fees ( temples, monasteries)
    • Tips for treks guide and porter (it is expected)
    Useful Info

    Views During The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

    During the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, you'll be treated to stunning views of the Yalung Glaciers, surrounded by the heart-warming landscape and tranquility of the region, evoking a sense of nostalgia and timelessness. Protected under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, this restricted area in Nepal boasts rich flora and fauna, offering glimpses of rare wildlife like Himalayan black bears, musk deer, and even the legendary Yeti, alongside endangered bird species.
    Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek exclusively presents some of the most intriguing panoramas of the mountains like Tent Peak (5,663 m), Mt. Kambachen (7,902 m), Mt. Janu (7,710 m), etc, including the eight-thousanders like Mt. Everest (8,849 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m).

    Fitness level, Medical and Health

    The Kanchenjunga trek is challenging yet rewarding. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day depending on the destination, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have experience and physically fit, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended for those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.


    Accommodation along the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek consists mainly of charming tea houses, providing trekkers with comfortable yet modest lodging options. These tea houses offer rooms with basic amenities, including shared bathroom facilities and communal dining areas. While the accommodations may be simple, they boast warm hospitality and stunning mountain views, ensuring a restful and memorable stay amidst the Himalayan wilderness.

    Best Season

    The weather is one of the most important factor to look at when deciding to trek to The Kanchenjunga Trek. It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn. During the winter and monsoon, it becomes difficult to trek due to strong winds, storms and slippery trails.


    Acclimatization is crucial in high-altitude trekking like the Himalayas. Our experienced guides are trained in first aid and will prioritize your health. Drink plenty of water, take your time to acclimatize, and inform your leader immediately if you feel unwell. Descending is the best remedy for severe altitude sickness, and your leader will make decisions based on your well-being.

    Electricity and Water

    Throughout the Kanchenjunga trek, lodges offer charging facilities for camera and mobile batteries, typically for a nominal fee. Many lodges are powered by hydroelectricity, while some also rely on solar panels for energy. For water, trekkers have the option to purchase bottled mineral water or refill boiled water at lodges and shops along the trail, with the added precaution of using water purification tablets to ensure safety.

    Travel Insurance 

    Trekking in the Kanchanjunga region demands careful planning and preparation, especially regarding insurance coverage. It's imperative to have comprehensive travel insurance that includes medical emergencies and helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes. Travel insurance is a prerequisite for joining the Kanchenjunga trek, ensuring that trekkers are adequately protected against unforeseen events. While we can offer recommendations for insurance providers if required, we do not directly sell insurance policies.



    • The best time to trek in the Everest region is during the pre-monsoon season from March to May and the post-monsoon season from late September to November. During these periods, the weather is generally clear, the skies are blue, and the temperatures are moderate, providing optimal conditions for trekking. Additionally, the spring season offers the added beauty of blooming rhododendrons and lush green landscapes, while the fall season provides clear views of the majestic Himalayan peaks.

    • Yes, physical fitness is crucial for the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek. This trek typically lasts 22-25 days and involves hiking through challenging terrain in the high Himalayas. You'll be ascending and descending for several hours each day, often facing steep and rugged trails. Since the trek takes place at high altitudes, being physically fit will help you cope with the thin air and cold temperatures. Engaging in light exercises to strengthen your body and improve endurance before the trek is highly recommended. This preparation will ensure that you can fully enjoy the adventure and minimize the risk of altitude-related issues.

    • The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek can vary in duration depending on the chosen itinerary. Our recommended itinerary spans 20 days, allowing ample time to fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and cultural richness of the region.

    • Trekking to Kanchenjunga usually requires the assistance of a registered local trekking company and a licensed guide. According to trekking regulations, a minimum of two trekkers must be accompanied by a guide and porters during the trek. This ensures safety and provides support in case of emergencies. Therefore, trekking to Kanchenjunga without a guide managed by a registered local trekking company is generally not allowed.

    • The tea houses along the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek offer trekkers basic yet comfortable accommodation options. These tea houses typically provide shared rooms with simple bedding arrangements and shared toilet facilities. While some tea houses may have electricity and hot water, amenities can be limited, and trekkers should not expect luxury accommodations. Additionally, the availability of tea houses can vary along the trekking route, with some sections having more options than others. Despite the rustic conditions, staying in tea houses provides trekkers with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture and hospitality of the Himalayan region.

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