Around Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek - 22 Days

Around Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Highlights

  • With this trek, you can explore the less traversed Eastern mountainous regions of Nepal.kanchenjunga circuit map
  • You get to walk past the popular glacial lakes in the region. It includes Zumu, Talung, Rathong, and Yalung glaciers.
  • You will have amazing time walking through the diverse flora and fauna inside the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
  • You can meditate in Ramtang and Oktang Monasteries after your tiring walks.
  • You will have an amazing time resting on your tents 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 an 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 the 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, the 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 a positive for the local communities, now would be a good time to go to Kanchenjunga before more trekkers ‘discover’ the area!

Day 1Kathmandu Bhadrapur Flight & Drive to Ilam1677 m5 hr
Day 2Ilam to Taplejung Drive1820 m4 hr
Day 3Taplejung to Chirwa1270 m7 hr
Day 4Chirwa to Lelep1860 m7 hr
Day 5Lelep to Amjilosa2510 m8 - 9 hr
Day 6Amjilosa to Gyabla2730 m4 hr
Day 7Gyabla to Ghunsa3595 m4 hr
Day 8Acclimatization Day3595 m7 hr
Day 9Ghunsa to Kambachen4100 m4 hr
Day 10Acclimatization Day4100 m8 hr
Day 11Kambachen to Lhonak4785 m4 hr
Day 12Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp4785 m9 - 10 hr
Day 13Lhonak to Ghunsa3595 m6 hr
Day 14Ghunsa to Sele Le4290 m4 hr
Day 15Sele Le to Cheram3870 m9 hr
Day 16Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Day Trip4580 m6 - 7 hr
Day 17Cheram to Torongding2995 m6 - 7 hr
Day 18Torongding to Yamphuding2080 m7 - 8 hr
Day 19Yamphuding to Khebang1910 m5 - 6 hr
Day 20Khebang to Khamdime1500 m5 - 6 hr
Day 21Khamdime to Bhadrapur Drive93 m10 hr
Day 22Bhadrapur to Kathmandu Flight1380 m1 hr


  • Kanchenjunga conservation area entry permit
  • Kanchenjunga restricted area entry permit
  • Kathmandu to Bhadrapur by flight
  • Bhadrapur to Kathmandu by flight
  • Bhadrapur to Taplejung by public bus
  • Khamdime to Bhadrapur by public bus
  • Guide for 22 days
  • 21 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 22 x breakfast, 21 x lunch and 21 x dinner while on trek


    Is it safe to drink the water in Kanchenjunga?

    No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Kanchenjunga. Mineral water is not available on the trail. If available it is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

    Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

    Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

    Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

    There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

    What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

    We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

    What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

    First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

    Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

    Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

    Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

    Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

    Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

    It is an exploratory trek, and weather conditions can be unpredictable. We might need to use crampons..

    What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

    If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

    Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

    No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

    Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

    Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

    Who will be my guide?

    We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

    Will I need a porter for my trek?

    Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

    How much can a porter carry?

    20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

    Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

    Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

    I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

    At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

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    Total $ 1,837 USD

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