Kanchenjunga Circuit is one of the most unexplored and remote trekking trails located around the eastern part of Nepal. Trekking in Kanchenjunga offers views of the magnificent snow-capped mountains, off-the-beaten landscape and colorful scenery of the Himalayas. Along the way, one can also relish some famous pinnacles like Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt.Makalu (8,201m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m) and Kanchenjunga (8,586 m).
The trekking trail in Kanchenjunga Circuit passes along spectacular Tibetan settlements with wooden houses and Gumbas. Additionally, the trekkers are also rewarded with a spectacular close-up view of towering Kanchenjunga above the glacier.
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Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is one of the most challenging adventure destinations in the remote and rarely-visited region of the eastern part of Nepal. On this trek, you will be walking along the attractive Tibetan settlement through rugged valleys and picturesque farmlands. On top of that, you will also get scintillating panoramic view of some of the world’s highest mountains as you traverse the trail.
Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is understandably one of the least visited destinations in the land of the Himalayas. The trek is guaranteed to offer one of the most fascinating experiences over its off-the-beaten paths and remote villages. One can also enjoy scintillating panoramic views of Himalayan ranges. Accommodation is provided on local lodges owned by indigenous locals.
Note: As per the restrictions imposed by the Nepal government, there must be a minimum of 2 pax for this trek.
Early morning domestic flight to Bhadrapur in the southeastern corner of Nepal. Upon landing, we’ll drive for approximately 5 - 6 hours along the fascinating landscape of terraced fields and small towns. The final section of the drive leads us to a more hilly region, arriving at the town of Phidim.
We continue our drive into the Himalayan foothills towards the north. Passing through the way of the upper valley of Tamur River, the road twists and turns to offer stunning glimpses of snow-capped peaks along the way. Next, we leave the lower valley behind as we drive uphills through intensively terraced farmland to the beautiful town of Taplejung. After lunch, we walk for the first time to our first night's halt on the grazing area at Lali Kharka.
We start our day with an easy descent towards Phundrawa. From here, the trail leads to a steeper section until Yangpang. After Yangpang, we climb a gradual uphill until Phumphe Danda which is followed by another tough ascent to Khesewa. On this day, we will be passing through densely forested areas and small villages.
After an early morning breakfast, we start our walk towards Kabeli Khola. Along the trail, we pass through lush green forests before crossing a small stream. On the way, we enjoy some fantastic views of the towering Himalayas while passing along several remote villages before reaching Mamankhe.
Although most of the trail on this day is uphill, walking is fairly easy and relaxing alongside the Kabeli Khola. Along the trail, we also get to enjoy the stunning ridge behind the stream. After a few hours of walk, we cross a small suspension bridge and walk past small settlements before reaching our overnight destination at Yamphudin.
On this day, we begin our journey along the terraced farms and green meadows, walking on a path commonly used by the villagers. Along the way, we get to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. Our walk then leads through a trail alongside Amji Khola. Before reaching our overnight destination at Torontan, we have to cross over a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang.
After an early morning breakfast, we begin our walk along the river bank through the pleasant pine and rhododendron forests. As the valley opens up, the trail leads to a fairly steep climb. However, as the day progresses, the trees are widespread and becomes more stunted. We can also enjoy the glimpses of several towering peaks ahead with the massive snout of Yalung Glacier. The top of Kabru and Rathong start to appear over the moraine just before we enter the village of Tseram.
Today marks as a significant rest day for acclimatization purpose. As the elevation gets slightly higher from here onward, we take an advantage of this day to cope with the higher altitude. We also have an option to visit the southern base camp of Kanchenjunga if someone chooses not to rest for the whole day.
Today marks as one of the longest day of this adventure as we cross a total of four passes, beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. So, starting early is mandatory! After crossing Sinelapche Bhanjyang, we head over to conquer Mirgin La pass. Next, we continue our trek towards the Sinion La pass which is fairly nearby. And finally, we ascend towards Sele La pass. As we edge closer to the top of the pass, we will witness the colorful prayer flags strung across the steeper sections of the trail. We walk over the pass and descend towards the village of Sele La for an overnight stay.
After an early morning breakfast, we begin our trek northward towards Tangbgharma Danda. Next, we pass by chortens decorated with colorful prayer flags which marks the beginning of the steep trail. We finally descend along the rhododendron, pine and birch forests on our way to Ghunsa, a beautiful village of houses with weathered pine walls. After the lunch, we visit Ghunsa Gompa and explore the village.
Trek further down to north alongside the river enjoying the mesmerizing scenery of the surrounding landscapes. We then pass through meadows with wildflowers into the pine and rhododendron forests. Next, at Rampuk Kharka, we cross a small bridge and continue our walk past a waterfall. The next section can be a bit tricky as it is considered as a landslide-prone area. As soon as we cross this tricky section, the astonishing view of Mt. Jannu starts appearing on the backdrop. Walking further through the tricky mountain trail, we arrive at Kambachen for the overnight stay.
We begin our trek early in morning with the breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga (8,586), Ramtang Peak (6700m), Wedge Peak (6750m), Taple Shikha (6510m) on the right side as well as the view of the Tinjung Peak (6097m), Nupchu Peak (6044m) and Dango Peak (6250m) to the left. After a few hours, we arrive at the village of Lhonak.
After leaving Lhonak, we head towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp. On our way to base camp, we actually walk on the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. After walking past Pang Pema, we descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the base camp is simply extraordinary with Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal and other Himalayan peaks visible in the backdrop. After spending a fair amount of time at the base camp, we descend back to Pang Pema to spend the night.
Another long day to walk out of this beautiful and remote village. On this day, we mostly retrace the route, descending as far down as the camp at Kambachen (4096m). As we walk down, we suddenly feel a bit more at breath. This is because the altitude drops significantly along the way to Kambachen.
Since the distance from Kambachen to Ghunsa is fairly short, we have an option to hike to the base camp of Jannu Himal. For those who do not choose to make the option to detour Jannu Base Camp can walk directly to Ghunsa and enjoy afternoon's rest.
After leaving Ghunsa, we walk through juniper forest passing several mane walls and a monastery to reach Phale. After this, the trail leads to a gradual descend and after crossing a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola, we reach Gyabla. Further down, we cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching our overnight destination at Amjilosa.
After an early morning breakfast, we begin our trek to Chirwa. First, we walk past a small settlement of Solima, then cross a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. Further down, we cross another suspension bridge over the same river to reach Sukathum. Our trail passes alongside Thunsa Khola at first which is later followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa.
Today, we start our journey with an early morning trek to the village of Sinwa. From here, we descend towards the river and cross a bridge over Sisne Khola which connects us to the famous trail of Pathibhara Trek. Next, we walk past a small village and cross a suspension bridge over Yaphre Khola to reach Phurumbu.
After the breakfast, we walk back to the start of our trek at the airport of Suketar, just above Taplejung. Next, we catch our vehicles drive a long way, through the valley of the Tamur River and the terraced hills of Phidim to the beautiful town of Ilam.
After the breakfast, early morning drive to Bhadrapur. Upon arriving at the airport of Bhadrapur, we fly back to Kathmandu. After checking in to our hotel, we can enjoy the leisure time or shop around the hustle and bustle of Thamel.
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