Kanchenjunga Circuit trekking is prominently popular as one of the rewarding trekking trails among the trekkers who come to visit Nepal. Kanchenjunga circuit trekking also is known as Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek include both Pangpema base camp & Oktang base camp. Kanchenjungha is very popular among tourists as the third world highest mountain and the second highest mountain in Nepal. Kanchenjunga Circuit treks were first opened in 1998 for the travelers. It is absolutely rewarding trekking in the Eastern region of Nepal. Kanchenjungha Circuit might be the best choice for those who can enjoy their enough time to enjoy the wilderness of nature. Actually, it is a venture to one of the most remote and pure forms of nature experiencing a wide variety of flora and fauna into the lap of Himalayas. The trekking, Kanchenjungha Circuit follows an exciting exploration of unspoiled and less beaten trails, less crowded countryside which offers a typical insight into rural life and culture. Kanchenjungha Circuit trekking is getting its popularity among the nature enthusiasts these days. The trail is protected by Kanchenjungha Conservation Area Project. The protected area offers the insight of lush and dense forests along with amazing species of wildlife including the famous musk deer and blue sheep. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek offers some but extraordinarily magnificent Himalayan views of Mt. Kanchenjunga 8586m, Mt. Lhotse 8516, Mt. Makalu 8463m, Jhanu Himal, Nepal peak, and also an insight of holy Tibetan monasteries and experience of a dialect culture. The major attractions of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek the magnificent views of the snow capped mountains, superb landscapes from the subtropical lowlands to the stunning glacial plateau, lush and dense forests along with amazing wildlife including the famous musk deer and blue sheep. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek commences from Basantapur after 6-7 hours drive from Dharan. Dharan is a beautiful city in the eastern part of Nepal. To get Dharan, either you have to drive for 10-12 hours or you have to take a short flight. Minimum two days required for overland transportation from Kathmandu. Then the trails follow through the beautiful village of Chauki Bhanjyang Dovan sekathum Amjelasa Gyapla Gunsa Lhonak and ultimately, get Kanchenjunga Pangpema Base Camp ( southern base camp) then trail return to the Gunsa village & heading through Sele Le Pass / Mirgin la pass 4674m to Kanchenjunga Oktang Base Camp ( Northern Base Camp). The trail continues descending via Andaphedi Yamphudin Lali kharka Phuphe danda & finally gets Suketar then you will drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Autumn & spring season is best time to make Kanchenjunga Circuit trekking, however, we Magic Expedition organize it all around the year as per travelers wish and time schedule. Minimum four weeks holidays is required for Kanchenjunga Circuit or Sele Le Pass trekking. For the trekking, you need to obtain Kanchenjunga trekking permit through government registered Nepal trekking agency.
Trip Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Trip Style: Trekking
Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus / Aeroplane
Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
Group Size: 10
Max Elevation: 5143
- Exotic off the beaten trekking trails
- Complete wilderness and freedom among the unspoiled natural phenomena
- Magnificent terraced fields, traditional settlements, and awe-inspiring landscapes
- Mighty glaciers and alluring snow-fed mountain summits
- Natural waterfalls, lush forest, creeks, and deep gorges
- Friendly and hospitable local people with rich culture
- Kanchenjungha Conservation Area and its diverse species of flora and fauna
- Incredible mountain views include Mt. Kanchenjungha, Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt.Makalu (8,201m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m) and many other stunning mountain summits
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel (1,300m /4,264 ft)-overnight-
You will be received by our representative in the airport. Our representative will be at the arrival holding placard with your and our company name (Magic Expedition. And then, you will be transferred to the hotel. It is around 30 mins drive from the airport to the hotel. There may some hassles like offering taxi or hotel or something like that. Do go with them. And sometimes, in international flight, your luggage may be missing. Be very careful. We hope it will not disturb your trip.
After your arrival at the hotel, you will get refreshed and we will have a short orientation meeting regarding the trip. We will introduce guide or trip leader. For this, be with 4 pieces of recent pp sized photographs, copy of passport and copy of travel insurance
Day 02: Kathmandu valley : sightseeing and trek preparation-overnight-
This sightseeing tour commences after breakfast at around 8. You will have lunch during the tour in the afternoon. So, you have better have some money, Nepali currency is expected. For the whole day You will be exploring Kathmandu valley, a valley of temples, major historical cultural heritages like swoyambhunath, Kathmandu durbar square, buddhnath, Pashupatinath which are enlisted in UNESCO World heritage sites. The tour ends at around 4 pm.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m/7938ft), trek to Lalikharka (2265m/7,431ft)-overnight-
We take an early flight to Suketar from Kathmandu. It is 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Suketar which is located in Taplejung district in far eastern part of Nepal. We meet all our team at Suketar and begin our hiking to Lalikharka. We experience several ascents and descents on the way to Lalikharka. Basically, we trek via lush
Day 04: Trek from Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m/6,955ft)-overnight-
We begin our trek to Khesewa after breakfast. We have an easy descent until we get Phundrawa. Next, we have an ascent. We climb steep uphill until we get to Yangpang. Then we head for Phumphe. The trail is still steep uphill. We again have another ascent through lush forest and beautiful settlements which finally takes us to the village of Khesewa.
Day 05: Trek from Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft)-overnight-
After breakfast, we trek towards the Kabeli Khola. Then, we make our trip through lush forest. Next, we will encounter a small stream. Today’s trek offers us several magnificent mountain views and we also experience beautiful settlements. Overnight at Mamankhe.
Day 06: Trek from Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft)-overnight-
We mostly encounter with uphill in Today’s trek. However, the uphill is easy to cross. We make our trip alongside Kabeli Khola almost for the whole day. We also meet the ridge, beautiful waterfall, suspension bridge. We pass via beautiful settlement before getting our final destination for today, Yamphudin. Overnight at Yamphudin.
Day 07: Trek from Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft)-overnight-
We begin our trek today after breakfast. We use the trail used by the local people today. We trek via terraced farms and green meadows. On the way, alluring mountain peaks are dominant. We follow the trail along the Amji Khola. Next, we pass Lassiya Bhanjyang and finally, we get Tortong. Overnight at Tortong.
Day 08: Trek from Tortong to Cheram (3,870m/12,696ft)-overnight-
We begin today’s trekking with an ascent to Cheram. Simbuwa Khola (river) will accompany us for our trek today. Besides, we will enjoy beautiful Lalung valley too. Next, we have Tuplung peak will also be dominant for most of today’s trek. We celebrate our pleasant trek via lush rhododendron and enjoy the mighty Yalung Glacier. Overnight at Cheram
Day 09: Trek from Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest-overnight-
This is the day for rest and acclimatization.If you are really tired of trekking, you can take the whole day rest or we can spend half of the day for rest and half of the day for a small hiking. This hiking takes us to the Yalung Glacier. We also can hike to Kabaru and Rathong. These are popular viewpoints near to Cheram. Overnight at Cheram.
Day 10: Trek from Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m/15,026ft)-overnight-
We begin today’s trek after breakfast. Initially, we have an ascent till we get to the snout of Yalung Glacier. Today, we enjoy our pleasant walk cherishing magnificent mountain peaks. We pass a small settlement of Lapsang before arriving at Ramche or Ramchaur. Overnight at Ramche.
Day 11: Trek from Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram-overnight-
We pass the valley first. Next, we follow trail by the stream till we encounter by Kanchenjungha southern face. Our further walk offers us a view of Jannu Himal. We continue our trekking towards the Oktang Monastery. We have an ascent from Oktang Monastery and arrive at Yalung Base Camp. We can capture magnificent views include Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks from Yalung Base Camp. We descend down to Cheram to spend the night. Overnight at Cheram.
Day 12: Trek from Cheram to Sele La (4290m/ 14,074ft)-overnight-
We have different four passes to cross today. First, we begin with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. Next we head to Mirgin La pass. After we cross Mirgin La pass, we have another pass named Sinion La pass. From this pass, we have an ascent for Sele La Pass. We also will encounter with steep section of the trail while crossing Sele La Pass. We cross this pass and spend overnight at Sele La.
Day 13: Trek from Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595/11,794)-overnight-
We begin our trek after breakfast. Initially, we walk towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We will experience chorten with colorful prayer flags from where steep descent begins. We now descend passing through rhododendron, birch and pine forest. After this trek via beautiful green forest ,we get Ghunsa. Ghunsa is a beautiful traditional settlements with Buddhists prayer flags.Overnight at Ghunsa.
Day 14: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m/13,287ft)-overnight-
We begin our trekking after breakfast. We first head to the north. We follow the river bank. This walk along the riverbank offers us magnificent mountain scenery. Next, we will pass beautiful meadow with different flowering and non-flowering vegetations. We also enjoy lush pine and rhododendron forest during this portion of trekking. We cross the bridge at Rampuk Kharka and encounter with landslide section of the trail. Our further trek takes us finally to Kambachen. Overnight at Kambachen
Day 15: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft)-overnight-
Relatively, it is another challenging day today. So, we need to begin our trip earlier today. Initially, we trek via rocky field and trek along the riverbank. This trek takes us to a waterfall. Now, we cross the bridge for Ramtang monastery. Next, we have another landslide section today. We pass it and we begin descending to the river which finally takes us to Lhonak. Overnight at Lhonak.
Day 16: Trek from Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (5,143/16,873ft)-overnight
Today, We head towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp from Lhonak and back to Pangpema for overnight stay. We follow the trail alongside the Kanchenjungha Glacier. We pass the Pangpema and we have a descent towards Kanchenjungha Base Camp. We enjoy astounding views of Kanchenjungha, Jannu Himal and other alluring peaks. Finally, we descend back to Pangpema for overnight stay. Overnight at Pangpema.
Day 17: Trek from Pangpema to Lhonak-overnight-
Today, we spend around 4-5 hours in walking back to Lhonak following the same trail. We still enjoy the our pleasant walk on the virgin trail, country settlements and lush forest. Mountain peaks are still alluring to capture. Finally, our backtracking takes us to Lhonak. Overnight at Lhonak
Day 18: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m/11,400ft)-overnight-
We begin our trekking after breakfast. We follow the same trail when we were ascending. We pass Kambache and finally arrive at Ghunsa. Overnight at Ghunsa
Day 19: Trek from Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft)-overnight-
We, initially, have a descent towards Phale. Next, we pass the trail with several manis and a monastery. We trek via juniper. Then, our steady trek takes us to Gyabla. We also see a waterfall nearby. Before reaching Amjilosa, we cross a suspension bridge across Sumbung Khola. Overnight at Amjilosa.
Day 20: Trek from Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m/4,166ft)-overnight-
We see a beautiful waterfall after some minutes walk. Our further trek from the fall takes us to a small village of Solima. We cross the suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and arrive at Sukathum. We then encounter with several beautiful settlements. We follow the trail by Tamor Nadi (river) and finally get to Chirwa. Overnight at Chirwa.
Day 21: Trek from Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549/5,082ft)-overnight-
After a wonderful time in Chirwa, we head to Phurumbu. It is the journey of 7-8 hours. We will pass through beautiful settlements and forest. After a long but exciting walk, we finally get to Phurumbu. Overnight at Phurumbu.
Day 22: Trek from Phurumbu to Suketar-overnight-
Today is the last day of our trekking in the mountain. We begin our trekking to head for Suketar. We still enjoy our trek via country landscapes and villages. We arrive at Suketar and celebrate our successful venture to Kanchenjunga Base Camp and wait for next day flight to Kathmandu.
Day 23: Fly from Taplejun to Kathmandu
Your Kanchenjungha Circuit Camp Trekking comes to an end after your flight from Suketar/Taplejung to Kathmandu. You will be picked up by our representative and transferred to the hotel. We will meet each other at a farewell dinner in the evening
Day 24: Final departure drop to the Airport.
Our Nepal trip comes to the end today. We end our trip by dropping you at Kathamndu airport for your international flight.
What to Expect
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the Kanchenjunga circuit trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Suketar -Kathmandu)
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
- Sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Travel Insurance
- Lunch And Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Persoanl Expenses ( alcoholic drinks extra beverage )
- Guide and porter tips.
Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.
Carrying my stuffs when trekking:
We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance to the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuffs that are not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 peoples rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.
Can I drink the tap water:
We don’t recommend you to drink the tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:
1) Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
2) Drinking ginger and lemon tea to reduce the need for water consumption.
3) Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chloride tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetising, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavour.
The more you ascend to higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely to suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhoea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above-mentioned symptoms, inform to our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.
It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you have suffered any kind of sickness in high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur. Many standard policies cover you for trekking to high altitudes, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check this before you go. Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website correct):
We recommend companies such as Ensure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks.
For more information please see our information section.
What is your cancellation policy
If you choose to cancel the service(s) that you have paid to Magic Adventure, we will refund your payment in accordance with the following schedule:
75% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 14 days prior to the original departure date.
50% refund of total trip price for cancellation made 7 days prior to the original departure date.
0% refund of total trip price for cancellation made 3 days or fewer days prior to the original departure date.
Please note that you can transfer your bookings to another trip if desired less any costs incurred by us in organizing your trip.