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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a chance to reach the base camp of the world’s third tallest mountain on a remote mountain trail ideal for trekkers who enjoy the solitude. Located in the far north-eastern corner of Nepal, Mt. Kanchenjunga is considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. The name Kanchenjunga means ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’ which is in reference to the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga. The 25-day circuit trek begins after we fly to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu. The long journey on a less crowded path also rewards us with a unique insight into the rural Nepalese lifestyle of the country’s eastern region.
|Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 02 Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, Drive to Taplejung;||1,442m/4,731ft|
|Day 04 Taplejung to Lalikharka||2,265m/7,431ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 05 Lalikharka to Khesewa||2,120m/6,956ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 06 Khesewa to Mamankhe||1,785m/5,857ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 07 Mamankhe to Yamphudin||2,080m/6,824ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 08 Yamphudin to Tortong||2,995m/9,827ft||7-8 hrs|
|Day 09 Tortong to Cheram||3,870m/12,697ft||2-3 hrs|
|Day 10 Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest||3,870m/12,697ft|
|Day 11 Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche)||4,580m/15,027ft||3-4 hrs|
|Day 12 Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp, back to Cheram||3,870m/12,697ft||3-4 hrs|
|Day 13 Cheram to Sele La||4,290m/14,075ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 14 Sele La to Ghunsa||3,595m/11,795ft||2-3 hrs|
|Day 15 Ghunsa to Kambachen||4,050m/13,288ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 16 Kambachen to Lhonak||4,778m/15,677ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 17 Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema||5,143m/16,874ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 18 Pangpema to Lhonak||4,778m/15,677ft||3-4 hrs|
|Day 19 Lhonak to Ghunsa||3,595m/11,795ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 20 Ghunsa to Amjilosa||2,308m/7,573ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 21 Amjilosa to Chirwa||1,270m/4,167ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 22 Chirwa to Taplejung via Mitlung||1,442m/4,731ft||7-8 hrs|
|Day 23 Taplejung to Bhadrapur||2,419m/7,937ft|
|Day 24 Fly to Kathmandu||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 25 Final departure||-|
We complete our custom formalities at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Afterward, there is a Himalayan Glacier representative waiting for us at the gate who will take us to our hotel. We can then spend the rest of the day taking rest. In the evening, we get to try Nepalese cuisine at a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We visit four landmarks in Kathmandu, three of which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We tour Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Bauddhanath Stupa. After the tour, we meet our entire trekking team, and our guides will tell us what we can expect on our trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
From Kathmandu, we get an early morning flight to Bhadrapur which is located in the Mechi Zone of southeastern Nepal and then drive to Taplejung.
On Day 4 we will head to Lalikharka by 5 hours of trekking. Lalikharka is a beautiful village in Panchthar District in the Mechi Zone of eastern Nepal. It is a simultaneous ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through lush green forests all the way to Lalikharkha
We begin our trek to Khesewa after breakfast. It is mostly an easy descent until Phundrawa. From here we begin our ascent. It is a steep climb until Yangpang from where we climb steadily up until Phumphe Danda followed by another ascent to Khesewa. Our trek will be through forests and small villages. Overnight in Khesewa.
After breakfast, we begin our trek towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests before crossing a small stream. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages. Overnight in Mamankhe.
Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an easy trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk, we also admire the beautiful ridge behind the stream. We continue our walk and admire a beautiful waterfall nearby. After walking for some time, we cross a small suspension bridge. We pass through small settlements before reaching Yamphudin to spend the night.
We begin our walk on a path commonly used by the villagers and pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along the way, we have the constant company of the Himalayas to enjoy. Our walk will be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong. Overnight in Tortong.
We begin our steady climb to Cheram after breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy walking in the beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak for the company for the most of today’s journey. We pass through thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier. Overnight in Cheram.
We spend a day in Cheram which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day resting and taking part in small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Yalung Glacier. There is also a viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks. Overnight in Cheram.
We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Cheram, we ascend for sometime before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. Overnight in Ramche.
From Ramche, we walk further up the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We descend and spend the night at Cheram.
We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass, we continue to Mirgin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far. From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail which is very near to the Sele La pass. We cross the pass. Overnight in Sele La.
We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We reach a chorten marked by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village with houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags. Overnight in Ghunsa.
From Ghunsa, we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past a waterfall and cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area, we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night.
Today will be another challenging day, and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak.
From Lhonak, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. After passing Pangpema, we descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the base camp is extraordinary. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal, and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. We descend back to Pangpema to spend the night.
From Pangpema we trace back our steps to Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak.
From Lhonak, we descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up.
From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We pass through several Manes and a monastery nearby. We walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From here, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.
After walking for a while, we see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages and is beside Thunsa Khola at first followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa. Overnight in Chirwa.
After a wonderful time in Chirwa, we head to Taplejung by trekking for 8 hours. The trekking trails along the way to Mitlung offers greenery at it’s best, floras and faunas and especially quaint villages always ready to welcome us.
We move toward Bhadrapur from Taplejung by bus. The ride will last for 9 hours.
Our amazing journey to the Kanchenjunga circuit comes to an end today. There will be a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We check our belongings one more time before leaving for the airport. A Himalayan Glacier representative will pick us up from the hotel and drop us off at the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.
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We will be served buffet-style breakfast in Kathmandu whereas all meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available during the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.
We will be staying in Yatri Suites & Spa or similar in Kathmandu; and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 315. Understand that the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek involves trekking in remote locations so the restroom facilities in the tea-houses will be basic.
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