Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking is a unique trek along with rarely visited trails in Nepal. It takes you two base camps North Kanchenjunga Base Camp and South Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The Kanchenjunga northern Base Camp trail goes through the Pang Pema and southern Base Camp trail goes through the Oktang but if you don’t have enough time to make a Kanchenjunga circuit trek means both base camps it is possible to operate only one Base Camp trek either South Base Camp or north base camp with Sele La Pass or without. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), the world’s third highest mountain, forms Nepal’s eastern border with India’s Sikkim and only a few kilometers away from Tibet (China) so Nepal government declared most sensitive area with restricted zones. It is required special trek permit to trek in this area. Kanchenjunga being opened for foreigners to explore only since 1988, vast tracts of foothills and alpine country, which lies between the Arun and Tamur rivers, are now waiting to be explored.
To reach the Taplejung, trek starting point possible to go by road or drive from Kathmandu but it is long journey so most of people used flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and take a connect flight to Suketar (Nearby Taplejung). Biratnagar to Suketar flight cancel frequently due to the bad weather so it might be better to go by road from Biratnagar to Taplejung or another option Kathmandu flight to Bhadrapur then drive to Taplejung is easy and secured.
From Taplejunga the trails climb gradually along and crossing Tamur river, which rises from the snows of Kanchenjunga itself. Continuing along the Ghunsa river and crossing Ghunsa, a Sherpa village marked with prayer flags and gompa, where two trails from Kanchenjunga’s southern flank join the northbound route, leads through rhododendron thicket and the forested area. Climbing further up, the long awaited Jannu Glacier and then Jannu (7,710m) or “Mystery peak” or “Peak of terror” finally comes into full appearance. Moving along the hilltop path and after reaching Pangpema (5,150m) the giant Kanchenjunga (8,586m) becomes visible. Huge, towering Kanchenjunga presents the crowning finale to this long trek. Return trip from Pangpema crosses mountain passes between Yalung Glacier and Kanchenjunga Glacier affording excursion around the north and south faces of Kanchenjunga.
Two trails head south from Ghunsa to Ramze/Ramche. The early route scrambles over loose snow covered rocks to cross Lapsang La (5,932m). The lower alternative traverses three passes with the highest Sinion La (4,800m). At Ramze, the gigantic Yalung Glacier enclosed by rocky crags and ice precipice appears. Visiting the Yalung Glacier, the next days’ trek down to cobble stone streets of Taplejung by passing through rhododendron thickets, mountainside villages, terrace fields along mountain path are equally interesting. Nowadays, Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is offer Tea houses/lodges facilities but very basic and suitable for small group.
Day 01 Arrive in KTM airport and drive to hotel Overnight at Hotel
Day 02 Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan Overnight at Hotel
Day 03 Kathmandu flight to Bhadrapur same day drive approximately 7 hours to Taplejung (1780m) Overnight at Hotel
Day 04 Taplejung trek to Mitlung (921m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 05 Mitlung trek to Chirwa (1270m ) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 06 Chirwa trek to Sekathum (1640m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 07 Sekathum trek to Amjilosa (2510m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 08 Amjilosa trek to Gyabla called Kyabla (2730m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 09 Gyabla trek to Ghunsa (3430m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 10 Rest day for acclimatization
Day 11 Ghunsa trek to Kambachen (4040m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 12 Kambachen trek to Lhonak (4790m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 13 Lhonak trek to Pang pema (Northern face Kanchenjunga Base Camp) (5143m) back to Lhonak Overnight at Teahouse
Day 14 Lhonak trek to Ghunsa (3430m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 15 Ghunsa trek to Selela Phedi (4290m) over the three passes Overnight at Teahouse
Day 16 Selela Phedi trek to Tseram (3870m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 17 Tseram trek to oktang base camp (South face Kanchenjunga base camp) back to Ramche (4580m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 18 Ramche trek to Torontan (2995m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 19 Torontan trek to Yamphudin (2080m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 20 Yamphudin trek to Phumphe Danda (2000m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 21 Phumphe Danda trek to Kande Bhanjang (2149m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 22 Kande Bhanjang trek to Lali Kharka (2276m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 23 Lali Kharka trek to Taplejung (1780m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 24 Taplejung drive to Bhadrapur Overnight Hotel / Guesthouse
Day 25 Bhadrapur flight to Kathmandu Overnight at Hotel
Day 26 Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Overnight at Hotel
Day 27 Leisure day in Kathmandu for shopping or relax overnight at Hotel
Day 28 Drive to Airport for flying your own destination
Note: Kathmandu to Biratnagar there are daily flights from where available flight for Suketar / Taplejung (our trek starting point) but they don’t publish the pre-schedule that makes harder to set schedule for the trekking. Nowadays much people choose the driving option from Biratnagar or Bhadrapur (more closer) to Taplejung, it takes approximately 7/8 hours by private jeep.
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