Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek -18 Days
The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a perfect blend of adventurous thrill, tranquil nature, majestic mountain views, and warm hospitability which takes you to the lap of the iconic Mount Kanchenjunga. Being the third-highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga has an elevation of 8,586m (28,169ft). The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a hidden beauty waiting to be explored.
The 18-day Kanchenjunga Circuit Tour takes you to the north and south base camp of Mt Kanchenjunga. The off-the-beaten trails of the Kanchenjunga region take trekkers deep into nature’s wilderness, through rivers, magnificent waterfalls, and lush forests. Rich in unique flora and fauna, the Kanchenjunga conservation area is the home to many rare mammals including snow-leopard, red panda, Himalayan black bear, and others. Along with its biodiversity, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek amuses the trekkers with spectacular views of the Himalayas. Breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains including Mt Kumbhakarna (7,710m), Mount Kabru (7,412m), and The Twins (7,354m) along Mount Kanchenjunga itself are truly rewarding.
The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is the experience of a lifetime, calling out for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Taking you through the exclusive remote areas with perfectly rewarding Himalayan views, this remarkable journey treats you with the best of the Himalayas. Our team at Adventure Great Himalayas is here to pave this unique journey of a lifetime, and make it the best possible!
Highlights of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
- Explore the untouched and pristine Kanchenjunga region, with unique flora and fauna.
- Soak in the Himalayan glory and the breathtaking views of the iconic Kanchenjunga peak, along with surrounding mountains.
- Trek exclusively in the less-beaten path, through lush forests, magnificent waterfalls, calmly flowing rivers, and picturesque villages.
- Observe and immerse yourself in the unique authentic local culture of Sherpa and Limbu village communities along the way.
- Accomplish getting to the base camp of the mighty Kanchenjunga.
Best Season for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Out of the four seasons Spring (March to May), Summer (June to August), Autumn (September to December), and Winter (December to February) in Nepal, Spring and Autumn seasons are the best seasons for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.
Along with moderate temperatures and stable weather, the Spring season features vibrantly blooming rhododendrons providing the perfect colorful dimension to the trek. Moreover, you can look forward to clear skies, warmer bearable nights, and wildlife spotting in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area during the spring season. Similarly, the autumn season features clear skies and crystal-clear views of the mighty Himalayas. Moreover, Autumn is also the season of major festivals in Nepal, which adds to the unique cultural experience; making Autumn one of the best seasons for the trek.
Difficulty Level of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is graded as one of the most strenuous treks in Nepal. This 18-day-long trek is ideal for trekkers with great physical fitness, past trekking experience, and a thirst for the thrill. While the duration of the trek itself is challenging, which requires you to walk around 8 hours many days; the trek also takes you to a challenging altitude of 5,143m which can lead to altitude sickness if not properly prepared for.
Moreover, the remoteness of this trail as compared to other famous trekking regions of Nepal makes this experience more demanding. The remoteness limits the available services on the trail, which demands trekkers to be self-prepared to a certain level. The trails also demand trekkers to travel through rocky steep ascends and descends. So, while embarking on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, as much as trekkers should be excited about the magical views and a lifetime experience, they should also be well prepared both physically and mentally for the possible challenges on the trail.
Lastly, the difficulty level of the trek also depends on the season you choose. While the weather in the Himalayas is quite unpredictable in itself, some seasons pose more challenging weather than others. Therefore, it is advisable to choose the best season if you’re not looking for extra challenges.
The views and the experience are just as rewarding as the efforts demanded by this trek. Professional planning and preparation with Adventure Great Himalayas beforehand can do wonders for your experience!
Required Permits for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
The required permits for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek include KCAP and KRAP.
- Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP)
This conservation area permit is implied to help preserve the conserved area of Kanchenjunga and its ecosystem. This permit costs NRs. 2000 per person.
- Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit (KRAP)
This restricted area permit is a bit complicated and needs time to be prepared after the trekking groups’ arrival. Moreover, this permit imposes the rule of a minimum of 2 trekkers in a group, along with a mandatory government-authorized guide. This permit costs USD 20 per person per week.
Food and Accommodation in Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
The food and accommodation in the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek are mainly basic, concerning the remoteness of the trek. This trekking package takes you through more remote trails than other infamous trekking packages in Nepal.
With the accommodation option being a teahouse, the basic amenities like shared rooms and toilets should be expected. Due to the remoteness of the region, the teahouse accommodation quantity is also limited, along with the places with teahouses. Further, the meals available in this trek are mainly ‘Dal-Bhat’, which is nutritious Nepali cuisine that includes rice and lentils. This journey amuses you with the beauty of simplicity, not just through the untouched nature and culture; but with basic amenities in life.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking Itinerary
Cost Include / Exclude
- Airport/ Hotel/ Airport Transportation.
- 3 Meals a day during the trek ( Breakfast, Lunch, dinner)
- Lodge/ Tea house Accommodation during the trek.
- A government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek.
- Trekking porter ( One porter between two members) the limit weight is 16 Kg)
- All Kinds of Permit
- Flight Ticket from Kathmandu – Bhdrapur – Kathmandu including airport departure taxes in both airport.
- Ground Transportation by Bus / Sharing local Jeep
- Trekking Equipment- Down Jacket and sleeping bag (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
- All our government taxes.
- Tourist service charge, vat.
- Official expense.
- Personal travel insurance
- All bar bills and Drinks
- Tips for Guide, Porter