Kanchenjunga circuit Trekking
Kanchenjunga circuit Trekking

Kanchenjunga circuit Trekking

  • 25 Days
  • Nepal
  • Moderate
  • Min: 2 Pax

Trip Highlights

  • Trekking route open since 1988.
  • UNESCO Site Tour of Kathmandu Valley.
  • A scenic domestic flight Kathmandu to Bhadrapur.
  • Kanchenjunga (8,586 m)-Third highest mountain in the world.
  • Cross over the Migrin La pass (4880meter) and Sele Le pass.
  • Visit to popular monastries of kanchanjunga trek: - Ramtang and Lepasan La Monastery.
  • Panoramic Mountain views of Kumvakarna Himal 7711m, Makalu and explore the South and North base camp of kanchenjunga ranges.
  • Exploring the different lifestyle and culture of ethnic group of Limbus and Rais.
  • Beautiful rhododendron forest and terraced land.
  • Rare animals found this area: - bear, barking deer and panda.
  • Trekking through the restricated area, species of flora and fauna.


Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 5143meter

“Kanchenjunga (8586m-28,169ft), the world’s third highest mountain is certainly one of the most impressive massifs in the Himalayan range, rising majestically from the borders of Nepal and Sikkim and the network of villages inhabited by Rai, Limbus are the cultural pictures painted on the mountainous canvas."

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one and only way of being close to Mt. Kanchenjunga-8586m, the third highest peak in the world. Taste the grandeur of Mt. Kanchenjunga along with the inspiring landscape around the trail. In fact, the captivating beauty of this region will keep you in awe. The Kanchenjunga range is stuck up high in the blue sky like a row of thorns. The word “Kanchenjunga” is derived from a Tibetan dictionary which means “five jewel of the snow”. As a matter of fact, the Kanchenjunga range has five peaks which is consider as five treasures in the real world namely gold, silver, precious stones, grains and holy sculptures.

This is one of the remote regions of Nepal. Thus, it is still at its natural glory. The trekking route of Kanchenjunga Base Camp lies in the eastern region of Nepal. It has recently been accessible persuading many travelers around the globe. Overall, this trek starts from the low altitude region i.e. plain land of Terai and rises up to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp at an elevation of 5,143meters. You pass low river valley, dense sub-tropical forests and alpine grass lands to rocky hills. This variation makes Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek an opportunity to experience the diverse terrain and change in vegetation and wildlife due to it.

The trail of this trek goes through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which is a home to diverse species of birds and animals. Wildlife like the birds, animals and pheasant like red-billed blue magpie, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda, etc are found in this region. Similarly, the fauna like rhododendron, orchids and lily blossom found in this region are lovely. When you reach the Base Camp, you can see the stunning views of mountains like Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Kiratchuli, Mt. Nepal Peak, Mt. Pathibhara and Mt. Chang.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek starts with a flight to Bhadrapur . Then we take a wonderful drive to Taplejung via Phidim. The view of tea garden in Phidim is beautiful. And so is the lush landscape as we pass the villages of Cirwa, Sekathum, Amjilosa, Gyabla and Gunsa. After a day acclimatization in Gunsa, we ascend up to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (Pang Pema) via Kambachen and Lhonak. Then we will return back to Gunsa and hike through the passes like Sinion La, Mirmigin La and Sibelapcham La to Oktang Base Camp. We further walk back through Khebang and Kandembe to Illam. We end our journey with a return flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu. So, are you ready for this journey with Gorkha Adventure?

Kanchenjunga Trek is to the remote area of Nepal which is very rich in its hidden beauty of the nature. Trekking in this trail needs good health and fitness. Previous experience of the trekking in high altitude can be helpful though committed trekkers with the spirit of having adventure can make trekking their life adventure while trekking in Kanchenjunga region. We have optional itinerary please see below link. Permit datails: https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/trekking-route/





Day to Day Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) Airport, Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full-day UNESCO sites City tour of Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Domestic fly from Kathamndu-Dhadrapur- 45 minutes and Drive to Illam (1900m) by jeep, about 3 hours.
Day 04: Drive to Taplejung (1441m) by sharing jeep, 7 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Chirwa (1190m) ,7 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Sokathum (1579m) ,5 hours .
Day 07: Trek to Amjilesa (2308m) ,5 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Gyabla (2730m) ,5 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Ghunsa (3595m),5 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Khambachen (4000m) ,5 hours.
Day 11: Acclimatization day in Khambachen, Hike to Kumvakarna Himal
Day 12: Trek to Lhonak (4785m) , 5 hours .
Day 13: Explorations day and Hike to Kanchanjunga North Base Camp (5143m) Pangpema, 9 hour view point and back to Lhonak.
Day 14: Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) ,6 hours.
Day 15: Exploration and rest day in Ghunsa
Day 16: Trek to Selele Kharka (4100m), 5 hours.
Day 17: Trek to Cheram (3870m), about 7 hours.
Day 18: Hike to South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga (4746m), Back to same place of Cheram.
Day 19: Trek to TorTang (3000m),5 hours .
Day 20: Trek to Yamphudin (2080m), 5/ 6 hours .
Day 21: Trek to Khebang (1915m), 5 hours.
Day 22: Trek to Aphukhal (1320m), 5 hours .
Day 23: Drive to Illam by sharing jeep, about 4 hours.
Day 24: Drive from Illam to Kathmandu by microbus about 9 hours.
Day 25: Departure to airport for your homeland or next destination.

Both ways domestic flight to Kathmandu by plane Optional itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) airport, Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Guided city sightseeing four of Kathmandu and preparation for the trek.
Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Suketar (2300m), 45 minute, Trek to Mitlung (921m) ,2 hours
Day 04: Trek to Chirawa (1270m) 6 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Sukathum (1,576m), 5/6 hours.
Day 06:Trek to Amjilesa (2,308m), 6/7hours.
Day 07: Trek to Gyabla (2,730m), 6/7 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m), 5/6 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Khambachen (4,050m), 5/6 hours.
Day 10: Rest day in Khambachen, Hike to Kumvakarna Himal.
Day 11: Trek to Lhonak (4,780m), 5/6 hours.
Day 12: Rest Day in Lhonak and hike to Pangpema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp -)5,388m), 6/7 hour. back to Lhonak .
Day 13: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m), 3/4 hours.
Day 14: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa.
Day 15: Trek to Sele Le Kharka (4,290m), 6 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Cheram (3870m), about 7 hours.
Day 17: Hike to South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga (4746m), Back to same place of Cheram.
Day 18: Trek to Tortong (2,995m/9,824ft), 5/6 hour.
Day 19: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m/6,822ft), 6/7 hours.
Day 20: Trek to Yang pang (1,007m/3,304ft), 6/7 hours.
Day 21: Trek to Tharpu (1,500m), 5 hour. Drive back to Ilam,3 hours.
Day 22:Drive from Ilam to Bhadrapur 3 hour Then Flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 23:Final departure, transfer to international airport for your onward destination.



Important Note

We also arrange: - The itinerary we offer is mainly the guideline to your trip. Our customized itineraries address your specific requirements. You are kindly requested to councult our expert team in order to be perfectly equipped for the Packages as per your interest and requirement with Gorkha Adventure.

Better to know: - One can’t control over natural happenings. So, different unforeseen natural as well as political environment, weather condition, disasters which are out of our control, can affect your tour. As a result, your itineraries may get changed. In such cases, our leading representative will arrange the best alternative itineraries in minimum cost more effectively. However, you shall keep in mind that any delayed schedule or inconvenience caused by the natural obstacles are to be bared in the particula trip yourself.

Flight delayed or cancelation: -   In Nepal, Twin-otters are the primary means of transportation in the air for Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu. These flights sometimes can be delayed by few hours or even cancelled for one or many days because of poor visibility, bad weather or technical problems.  The delay or cancelation of flights may occur even in fair weather. You must be aware of the bitter truth ‘always anticipate the sudden weather in the mountains’. Undoubtedly, We do our best to ease you by arranging another flight. Helicopter flights could be the alternative. Instead, Gorkha Adventure team will offer you different optional day-activities i.e. hiking, local cultural tours (Monastery sight-seeing) and so on of your choice on your buffer days either in Kathmandu or you can change your trail to Annapurna, Langtang or any other regions. Kindly, note that you will not get refunded on such cases and we will offer you the accommodations only before the starting of your trekking. In case, cancelation of your flights at the end of trip, you have to bear all your expenses in Bhadrapur.

To the point of trek as per below on guideline Kathmandu-Illam by local miro bus-9hours, Illam-Taplejung by sharing jeep about 7 hours. if you want a drive back to road transport by private jeep, please require our team we will manage on the way.



Trip Dates & Price

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
21-Sep-2021 14-Oct-2021 US$ 2095$ Guarantee Book Now
17-April-2021 10-May-2021 US$ 2095$ Guarantee Book Now

Following are included on the above package cost.

  • Arrival and departure from (Airport/Hotel) pick up and drops by private transport.
  • Standard twin-sharing hotel in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley with Tour guide and transport.
  • Domestic flight ticket Kathmandu- Bhadrapur one way.
  • Grounded transport Bhadrapur -Illam-Taplejung both ways sharing local jeep.
  • Illam-Kathmandu by local microbus.
  • All accommodations in tea house (Tents supply for depend on the groups size if required)
  • Three times meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the treks.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, Duffal bag, Tshirt and Trip maps by Gorkha Adventure (If required).
  • An experience and helpful english speak trek guide.
  • The required the porters (Two trekkers: 1 Porter).
  • Nepali staff guide and porter salary, transport, accommodation and Insurance during the trip.
  • An entry permit of Special Trekking Permit and Kanchanjunga Conservation area fees.
  • First aid medical box and oxygen meter.
  • Nepal government Tax, vat 13% and local taxes .
  • Farewell dinner in tipical nepalease restaurant with Cultural show before the departure.



Following are excluded on the above package cost.

  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 14 days) and US$ 50 (duration 30 days). https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
  • Personal trekking equipments & clothing.
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls & all type of hot drinks.
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc.
  • Personal nature expenses .
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Compulsory your travel and rescue insurance.
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for safety measures (if required:- request by Clients)
  • Tips for guides, porter and Driver (It is Expected).



Freequently ask the question of Kanchenjunga Trekking.

1) How is Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking in Nepal?

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking is an exciting venture in the eastern part of Nepal. Mt. Kanchenjunga is the third tallest mountain and trekking to Kanchenjunga is a bit lengthy trekking among others but it explores wide range of scenery lush, tropical jungle including Rhododendron, chestnut and oak forests to the alpine zone.

2) What physical fitness do I need to book this trip?

Every trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal require the certain level of physical and mental fitness.So, we advise you to be in good physical shape and able to feel comfortable while hiking up and down 7 to 12 miles per day on a trail carrying a day pack of about 10 pounds. Three things could make you confident enough for any trek you would like to do: aerobic, strength and mental.

Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will be trekking in thinner air, up to 40% less than at sea level. With good aerobic conditioning, you will be able to better metabolize whatever oxygen is available to you. You should plan on doing at least one hour of aerobic 3 /4 times per week for 1 month or more before your arrival in Nepal. Walking, jogging, cycling, hiking on valley floor to ridge line ascents with day back are some of the excellent forms of exercise, so long as you are strengthening leg muscles and building stamina. Speed is not the essence; stamina, confidence and continuity are.

3) How do I find Gorkha Adventure for my pick up at the airport?

Our representative from Gorkha Adventure will display a small board of company or with your name outside the airport terminal. You will be driven to the hotel by our tourist vehicle.

4) What sort of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu?

Normally we provide standard rooms with twin sharing accommodations at three star or similar category hotels in Kathmandu including breakfast. Accommodation in these cities can be upgraded as per your request. But some of our packages are sold without accommodation in the city.

5) How is camping trek during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?

Camping trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, and porters to accompany you. Our porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals. Trekkers need only carry a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablutions tents are provided and set up, also mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating.

In a typical camping trek, we start the day around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea. You are then provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp. The trek begins around 7.30 - 8 a.m.Trekkers can set their pace for pausing and sightseeing and the walk to the lunch spot will normally take 3 hours. On arrival, you are served hot lunch. In the afternoon, after walking for another 3 to 4 hours, you arrive at the next camp around 5 p.m. Tea & snacks are served while our staff readies the camp. Dinner time is around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent, lit with lanterns and comfortably furnished. The food is healthy, wholesome and hygienically prepared.

6) What mode of transportation do I use?

We will provide the private transportation for Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and drop and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. We use transportation as based on our cost inclusion section. The transportation varies depending on your requirements at the time of booking the trip.

7) What is the best season for this trekking?

The best season for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December). These are the perfect time of the year for the breathtaking views of Himalayas with clear and sunny days. But the weather in the mountains is unpredictable.

8) What is the weather and temperature like during the trekking?

The climate in Nepal varies from place to place which can be categorized in different four main seasons. The main seasons in Nepal are spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November) & winter (December to February). The best season to travel in Nepal is autumn (September, October & November) & spring (March, April & May). Weather in the mountains is unpredictable. But the day temperature in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking is comfortable.

9) Who will be guiding me during this trip?

We provide the professional government license holder English speaking trekking guides for our entire trekking trip. We can also provide French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian speaking guides as per your preference with extra payment but not guaranteed.  All guides will be Nepali people who are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personality. They are all trained from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, certified and approved by the Tourism Department of Nepal government.  We provide a different city tour guide to guide you in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. They are the professional license holder guide specialized in culture, history, geography, iconography, archeology and religion with good command over English. Tour guides are specialized in city tour and trekking guides are more in the hiking and trekking in the Himalayas.

10) What sort of experience do your guides have?

Our entire city tour guides have bachelors to Master Degree academic education along with many months tour guiding training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. They are fluent in spoken languages and informative about the sites in many aspects. They are quite experienced and dedicated to their job and responsibilities.

Our entire trekking guides have minimum Intermediate to Master Degree academic education with trekking guide training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. Many of them are from villages. As they are local, they know more about the routes, necessary precaution to be taken and so on. They have spent many years exploring many parts of the country. They are trained in first aid and able to handle any situation easily. They speak good English and make you know about the places you visit.

11) May I charge my electronic devices during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?

This is fully camping trek, so we may not be nearby any settlements. You could better manage extra battery or any other alternatives.

12) What is the social and environmental responsibility of Gorkha Adventure for this trip?

The situation of environment in Nepal is in considerable stage due to so many factors caused by global warming, human activities, and adverse effects of natural incidents. Nepal is in between two giant countries like China and Nepal. The ozone layer is depleting and the atmosphere is getting heated. So, its direct effect is to the Himalayas that the snow is melting day by day and the sea level is rising. It is due to population growth, people are clearing the forest and the soil is being eroded. As a part of society, and our trekking related activities are directly concerned with the social and environmental things. We are very conscious not litter in the open spaces, to manage garbage properly and make local people aware in this campaign. We are working together wich other companies and taking these issues seriously.

13) What is the minimum number requirement for this trip?

We operate individual trip to the group joining trips for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking. If you want to do any private trip we are ready to organize for solo traveler as well with some additional charges.

14) Are there communication or internet services during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?

We highly recommend taking local SIM card for call and internet services during trekking. Local SIM cards are easily available in many stores and at airport as well. You need to provide two copies of your photographs and your passport copy to get local SIM CARDS of NCELL & NTC (only these two companies provide telephone services in Nepal

15) May I add extra days in trekking?

We are ready to operate your holidays as per your interest and requirements. You can spend extra days on your loving or favourable places or even can make it shorter. We will always do our best to manage your hotel bookings, flight booking and everything.

16) What happens in case of emergency?

Gorkha Adventure has prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during the trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for the case of emergency.

17) Do I need to have insurance for this trip?

We request you to have a travel-insurance policy to cover theft, loss, medical problem & emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitude places before coming Nepal. Choose a policy to cover your emergency high altitude helicopter evacuation with all medical insurances for trekking in high altitude in the Himalayas of Nepal.  Your travel insurance is always needed before going in any high altitude trekking.  Please check your travel insurance policy which doesn’t exclude mountaineering or alpinism.  Although you will not be engaging in these activities in your trekking, you might have problem convincing the insurance company of this fact.  Rescue insurance need to cover an emergency helicopter evacuation or a charted flight from remote mountain trails of Nepal as well as international medical evacuation. A helicopter evacuation might cost US$ 2500 to US$10000 depending on the places.  So that travel insurance to cover all above is must to travel in the high Himalayas of Nepal

18) What type of shoes should I wear during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?

You could better have carefully chosen hiking boots with extra laces and camp shoes, which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Nepal. We advise you to wear your new shoes for sometime before trek so that you could feel well habituated on the newer trail for your feet.

19) Can I use credit cards in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?

Of course not, you can use only in the cities like Kathmandu but not in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking route. When you are out of city, all you need is cash, better to have small notes. Please change the currency in local Nepali rupees before you go to the mountains.

20) Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?

Tipping is not mandatory, neither it is right to ask by anyone but it is a way of showing gratitude after taking service. The level of tip also shows how satisfy you are from the team that you had been during your tour/trek. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

If we missed any question of your need please feel free to send us your queries.