Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

With Saroj Neupane

$3265 USD
per person
Duration 25 days
SleepingGuesthouse, Homestay, Teahouse
Max. Altitude5388m
Difficulty Moderate
Cancellation Strict

Your Guide

He was born in a remote village of Dhading District, and he graduated in Business Management from Tribhuvan University. From the beginning of his entry in mountain tourism, he showed his talent as an adventurer.

In 1993 He started to work as a trekking supporter

In 1994 He started assistant guide same year he became guide.

In 1996 he leaded a successful climb to Island peak, Labuche Peak & Mera Peak.

In 1997 he conquered Island Peak & Pokhalde with An English Team

In 1998 He played a role of successful guide by leading trek to Rolwaling cross tashi lapcha and climbed Island peak same year climbed tent peak, Singuchuli,

In 2000 A.D. He climbed Chulu Peak with " Lancashire Mountaineering Club" from Uk

As a tourism Entrepreneur & Adventure Lover leading adventure trekking & climbing in various mountain trail such as Everest Base camp, Langtang valley trek, Arun valley, Dolpo, Mustang, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Makalu, Kanchanjunga & Ganesh Hima l(Ruby valley).

He's also traveled to England, Scotland, Wales, Tibet (China) & India & south Africa, middle east and gulf country,Thailand gained knowledge responsible & sustainable tourism.

Guiding license #: 1530
Guides for: Agency Employed
Guiding Experience: 20 years
Nationality: Nepal
Speaks: English, Nepali Hindi
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Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) is the third highest mountain of the world which is situated in the eastern northern part of Nepal bordering with Sikkim of India. Kanchenjunga trek which was opened in 1988 for trekking is the adventurous trek that takes you to the remote area of eastern Himalayan region of Nepal and offers the pristine nature, unspoiled culture as well as the Himalayan vistas of the towering mountains. In this trek you enjoy the tantalizing view of the four of the five world highest mountains Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga. The wide range of scenery, terraced hill with wheat and potato cultivation, lush tropical forest chestnut and oak to the alpine zone, Rhododendron flower provides you the comfort and inspiration throughout the Kanchenjunga base camp trekking. This trek also offers the unique and rich culture of the ethnic Rai, Limbu, Sherpa community which is untouched by the modernity. The conservation area, High passes, various types of flora and fauna, river valleys, waterfalls etc are other remarkable attraction of the Kanchenjunga trek.

Kanchenjunga trek begins with the flight from Kathmandu to Sukhetar airstrip. Kanchenjunga base camp can be approached from Indian side; but from Nepal’s side provides you the full experience of the Kanchenjunga region. From Sukhetar you walk up through the Ghunsa Khola valley through the rhododendron forest to the Himalayan region. As you reach higher altitude, the scenery dominates by the long range of the mountain vistas. In Kanchenjunga range, you see the four subsidiary mountains above 8000m along with Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m). In this trek you cross the two high pass Lapsang La pass and Sinion pass. Kanchenjunga trek is the long and adventurous trek that requires the prior experience of trekking and good physical condition. The best season to go for Kanchenjunga trek are autumn and spring when the weather is clear and you can have the clear view of the mountains as well as the natural scenery.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport you will be expected to complete your custom formalities (Visa etc). We suggest you to look for our representative who will be waiting for you at the arrival gate with a Beyond the Limits Treks and expedition p ltd display board.You will then be transferred to Hotel .

Day 02: preparation for trekking
Completion of required official procedures last minute shoping for the trek beyond the limits will preparied the trekking permit and other document

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m/266 ft)
You will fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. Depending upon the availability of flying options to Suketar from Biratnagar you will be presented with either of the two possibilities listed below:
If there is availability of flight to Suketar you spend the night in Biratnagar and fly to Suketar the next morning.

If there are no flights available to Suketar you drive to Phidim and spend the night there.

Day 04: Fly from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,420 m/7,938 ft) or Drive from Phidim (1,179 m/ (3,868 ft) to Suketar
If you spent overnight at Biratnagar the previous day you will directly fly to Suketar this day and spend the night there. But, if you spent your night in Phidim you will be driving to Suketar. Either way you spend overnight at Suketar.

Day 05: Suketar to Mitlung (921 m/3,021 ft) 4-5 hrs
We officially kick start the day with a downhill walk to Mitlung. The trails throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys with beautiful pastures and small villages. We then cross Hangdewa River and walk alongside the raging Tamor River. As we gradually head in a northerly direction the trail steepens after a few hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy trail to Mitlung. We spend the night there.

Day 06:: Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m/4166 ft) 5-6 hrs
The trail ascends and descends steadily as we make our way towards the village of Sinwa. We continue trekking downhill until we reach Tawa. At Tawa, we ascend to some heights and cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. We pass beautiful rural landscape along the way and reach Chirwa, a beautiful Limbu village with few lodges, tea shops etc. We spend the night at Chirwa.

Day 07: Chirwa to Sukathum (1,576 m/5,169 ft) 5-6 hrs
The trek from Chirwa to Sukathum passes through varied landscapes such as cardamom fields and dense forests. We trek uphill for sometime then descend to the lush green fields below and continue trekking along the Tamor River passing through a dense forest. It’s both uphill and downhill trek until crossing the Ghunsa River after which we reach Sukathum and spend the night there.

Day 08: Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308 m /7,570 ft) 6-7 hrs
Trekking from Sukathum to Amjilosa is challenging. After crossing the suspension bridge outside Sukathum we enter a dense forest, ascend the steep trail, descend and cross the river again. We also climb a gorge from the bottom and pass by Solima village and descend again to the level of the river. All in all, this day’s trekking is rather tough. Therefore, it is advisable to be very careful especially while walking the trail that passes the gorge. We later follow a tricky trail which goes both uphill

Day 09: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m /8,954 ft) 6-7 hrs
We start trekking from the river bank, pass through a densely forest of bamboo, fir and rhododendrons eventually reaching a small stone house by the river. We then climb uphill crossing a few small bridges along the way. Here, we get to enjoy the company of stunning waterfalls that originate from the mountains. After yet another short uphill walk we reach the Tibetan settlement to Gyabla.

Day 10: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 5-6 hrs
We descend down the river and notice the valley as it slowly opens up before reaching Phale, a Tibetan refugee settlement where it is possible to purchase handicrafts and homemade rugs from locals. After purchasing a few souvenirs we travel through conifer and pine forest and reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa where we spend the night. This place is known for its hydroelectricity plant and the fact that more than 20 prominent conservationists met a tragic end in a helicopter crash.

Day 11: Acclimatisation day at Ghunsa
We take care to spend time acclimatizing around Ghunsa before continuing our next day’s trek. We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey. Therefore, we take a short hike towards the Laspsan La monastery through the lush green forest. Come back to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax.

Day 12: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 5-6 hrs
From Ghunsa we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows full with beautiful wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past the waterfall and cross the tricky section of the 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.

Day 13: Acclimatisation Day at Kambachen
We take yet another day for acclimatisation at Kambachen which is reserved to accommodate participants in high altitude and also to observe if anybody in the group has any symptoms of altitude sickness. The overall idea for this day is to relax- take a bath and/or explore the Nuphchu Khola Valley area. We spend yet another night at Kambachen.

Day 14: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780 m/15,678 ft) 6-7 hrs
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.

Day 15: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m/17,673 ft) 6-7 hrs
We trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier to spend a night at Pangpema, Kanchenjunga base camp on the north side. We urge you to be careful around the rockier sections as they are prone to landslides. After a short while you reach Pangpema, a flat grassy base camp. Climb a little higher and enjoy the splendor of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal.

Day 16: Trek back to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 6-7 hrs
We retrace our path to Lhonak and continue down the valley to Ramtang Monastery. The return journey offers a different perspective of the mountains Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela, and Mera Peak among others. Due to the descending nature of this trek we will reach Kambachen by evening and spend the night there.

Day 17: Kambachen to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 3-4 hrs
It’s essentially the reverse of our Day 12 trek. We descend to Ghunsa from Kambachen which means that we get to enjoy the beautiful forests along with a backdrop of impressive mountain scenery. Overnight at Ghunsa

Day 18: Ghunsa to Sele Le (4,290 m/14,071 ft) 6-7 hrs
It’s a steep trek upward from Ghunsa to Sele-Le. Upon reaching Sele Le we climb through a dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper. Lunch will be served in an appropriate place with the availability of water. We spend the night in Sele Le.

Day 19: Sele Le to Cheram (3,870 m/12,694 ft) 6-7 hrs
We do an uphill trek and enjoy the mesmerizing south side view of Jannu Himal and Makalu (the world’s 6th highest mountain). Today is a strenuous trekking day as we cross several passes- Sinion La, Mirgin La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang. We then make a steep descend to Cheram and spend the night there.

Day 20: Cheram to Ramche (4,580 m/15,022 ft) and return back to Cheram, 4-5 hrs
We ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and walk alongside the Simbuwa Khola, pass through Lapsang village and reach Ramche. While there, we walk further up the valley or ascend a ridge for a tremendous view of blue sheeps. We then follow the 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 can even consider continuing to Oktang Monastery. Descend and spend the night at Cheram.

Day 21: Cheram to Tortong (2,995 m/9,824 ft) 5-6 hrs
As we descend to Tortong we first encounter two trails. One trail is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. However, we ignore this route and descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy the lush rhododendron forest along the way.

Day 22: Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080 m/6,822 ft) 6-7 hrs
While descending from Tortong to Yamphudin we pass through Lasiya Bhanjyang which involves walking up through trees and area of landslides. The terrain changes after every monsoon but by the middle of October it should be stable with a route through. Walking further down we reach the village of Yamphudin, a village inhabited by Sherpas, Limbus and Rais.

Day 23: Yamphudin to Yangpang (1,007 m/3,304 ft) 6-7 hrs
We descend from Yamphudin, cross the bridge at Samekham and continue following the Kabeli Khola. We pass through Mamankhe which houses the Limbu Museum and Cultural Center. We then cross the bridge over Khaksewa Khola and ascend through the cardamom forest, pass by a few villages and descend further down to Yangpang. Overnight at Yangpang.

Day 24: Yangpang to Thorpu (1,500 m/4,290 ft) 5-6 hrs
Instead of going back to Taplejung we descend down to Thorpu. By opting for Thorpu we will not only be saving us time but will also get to enjoy the landscape of a different route. While descending to Thorpu we pass through some really beautiful terraced villages, where the people are very interested to see you. We spend the night in Thorpu and enjoy the hospitality of the villagers.

Day 25: Thorpu to Illam tea garden
We are most likely to drive from Thorpu to Illam it is beautiful place to have over night there. It is one of the most popular tea farm in Nepal over night in Illam

Day 26:
Drive from Illam to Birtamod over night ( if you like to do bus juarny from Illam to Kathmandu it is also possible it is long but nice bus jurney you will see nice land scape

Day 27 drive to Bhadrapur then Fly to Kathmandu
The drive to Bhadrapur from Birtamod is only of short distance. We fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur Airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu you can take a rest and relax throughout the day in your

Price Includes

  • Trasportation from tribhuvan international airport to thamel
  • 3 night hotel in kathmandu
  • flight from kathmandu to biratnagar
  • flight from Biratnagar to suketar
  • flight from suketar to birtamode
  • flight from birtamode to kathmandu
  • guide’s salary
  • one porter
  • Best Accommodation in available lodge on mountain
  • Three times meals in Local tea house
  • Kanchan jungha permit Trekking permit( Restricted area special permit)
  • Kanchanjungha National park permit
  • Insurance for staff

Price Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • All drinks (tea Coffee coke beer mineral water whisky during the trek and high way )
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Emergency evacuation cost
  • Tips for guide and porter ( if you will take porter )
  • anything not mentioned above

Price Includes

  • Access Flights (Both-Ways)
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Equipment
  • Guide's Salary
  • Guide's Transport
  • Meals
  • One Porter
  • TIMS Card

Price Excludes

  • ACAP Permit
  • Access Flights (One-Way)
  • Four Porters
  • Guide’s Accommodation
  • Guide’s Insurance
  • Guide’s Meals
  • International Flights
  • MCAP Permit
  • MRAP Permit
  • Permit Fees
  • Porter Insurance
  • Porter's Insurance
  • Private Jeep
  • Private Taxi
  • Public Bus
  • Public Jeep
  • Three Porters
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Two Porters
  • Visa Fee

Group Rates

Group size Per-person
1 person $3265 USD
2 people $3265 USD
3 people $2965 USD


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