Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek – 18 Days Itinerary
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Overview

Are you anticipating your next adventure, one that will feature beautiful scenery, a thriving culture, and expansive mountain trails? An unforgettable trek through Nepal's challenging Himalayan terrain awaits you on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. You can discover the untouched natural beauty of the country's hidden landscapes by embarking on this magical adventure with Nepal Eco Adventure.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek visits both the north and south base camps of Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world at 8,586m. It lies on the far eastern side of Nepal, near the border with Sikkim, a tiny Himalayan state in the northeastern part of India. Kanchenjunga was believed to be the highest peak in the world up until the mid-1800s.

The world’s third-highest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), is one of the noteworthy views on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. It is located near the border with Sikkim, a known state in India. Until the mid-1980s, this area was off-limits to hikers. The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area now protects the area, and a special trekking permit is required for trekking.

Indeed, some of the most interesting mountainscapes are only featured by Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, such as Tent Peak (5,663 m/18,684 ft), Mt. Janu (7,710 m/25,300 ft), Mt. Kambachen (7,902 m/25,925 ft), etc. Additionally, it offers a panoramic view of a few eight-thousanders, including Mt. Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m/27,765 ft), and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft).

Kang-chen-zod-nga is a Tibetan name that means "five great treasuries of the snow." However, this trek includes seven notable summits. Furthermore, mountain climbers interpret the phrase "five great treasuries of the snow" in a slightly more ominous manner.

The locals believe that the third-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga, is the home of gods who grant them and their lands prosperity and good fortune. Because of the belief of the locals, no one has stood on the summit up until this point out of respect for their tradition. Therefore, every successful ascent has ended just below the summit.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek falls under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which includes pasture land, forests, rivers, and glaciers. There are nearly 2000 species of flowering plants there. This includes 23 varieties of flowering plants that are unique to Nepal. Likewise, this protected area is home to 252 bird species, 22 mammal species, 82 insect species, 5 fish species, and 6 amphibian species. And if you are lucky, you might see some exotic animals like red pandas, snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan black bears, etc.

Nepal Eco Adventure provides an in-depth guide to the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, ensuring that your experience is as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible. Check it out!

Things You Can Experience During the Trip

  • Magnificent views of snow-capped mountains, such as Tent Peak, Mt. Janu, Mt. Kambachen, Mt. Jongsong, Mt. Kabru, and The Twins
  • A few eight-thousanders, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, and especially Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Learning about the distinctive culture, history, and way of life of the Himalayan people
  • Magical views of Himalayan mountains, serene rivers, and other picturesque landscapes
  • Crossing Mirgin La Pass at 4,480 meters
  • Exploring the region's rich and endangered flora and fauna, including red pandas, snow leopards, and others, while traveling through dense forests
  • The incredible hospitality of the locals

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung (1820m)
Kathmandu Altitude: 1,345 meters

Bhadrapur Altitude: 87 meters

Taplejung Altitude: 1,820 meters

Altitude Gain: 475 meters

Duration: 7- 8 hours

From Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we will depart on a scenic flight to Bhadrapur. On the flight to Bhadrapur, we can also enjoy breathtaking views of lush hills and other natural settings. Between Kathmandu and Bhadrapur, the flight travels for about 40 to 45 minutes, covering 621 kilometers.

Bhadrapur City also serves as the starting point for our trek. Taplejung is 241 kilometers away and a 7–8-hour Jeep ride from Bhadrapur. We will take a local Jeep and drive through Kanyam. We travel along the Mechi Highway, passing tea plantations as we head toward Taplejung, where the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek begins.

There are many forests, farms, pastures, lakes, rivers, glaciers, and other scenic features in Taplejung. Pathibhara Devi Temple, also known as Mukkumlung Mangham, is a famous religious landmark on Taplejung Hill.
Day 2
Drive from Taplejung (1820 m) to Sekathum (1575 m)
Taplejung Altitude: 1,820 meters

Sekathum Altitude: 1,575 meters

Altitude Loss: 245 meters

Duration: 5- 6 hours

After staying the night in Taplejung, we continue on our trip to Sekathum via a 5- to 6-hour Jeep ride. As we descend to the Tamur River, we will slowly pass through rural settlements in the area that include mud houses, rice fields, and terrace farms.

We will travel downhill to leave the steep mountainside and then hike uphill to reach the Ghunsa Khola Valley. After some hiking, we will reach a location where the Tamur and Ghunsa Khola rivers meet. Then we will hike to Sakalathum, where we will set up camp next to the river and spend the night.
Day 3
Trek to Amjilosa (2310m)
Sekathum Altitude: 1,575 meters

Amjilosa Altitude: 2,310 meters

Altitude Gain: 735 meters

Duration: 6- 7 hours

In the morning, after waking up to a glorious sunrise, we will hike up a trail from Sakathum to Amjilosa. After that, we will hike northeast along the banks of the Ghunsa Khola until we reach our destination. Moreover, as we approach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, we will gradually gain altitude. The challenging trail will then take you to Amjilosa, a stunning Tibetan settlement. We will stay at a campsite for the night.
Day 4
Trek to Gyable (2730m)
Amjilosa Altitude: 2,310 meters

Gyable Altitude: 2,730 meters

Altitude Gain: 420 meters

Duration: 7- 8 hours

Our journey from Amjilosa to Gyabla will take us along scenic trails through bamboo and rhododendron forests. We will reach a stunning waterfall after some time spent stumbling uphill. You can spend some time exploring the waterfall and taking photos of it. The next part of our journey takes us along the river's edge as we make our way to Gyabla, where we will end the day. You can then camp nearby and enjoy magnificent views of the region's snow-capped mountains.
Day 5
Trek to Gunsa (3595m)
Gyable Altitude: 2,730 meters

Gunsa Altitude: 3,595 meters

Altitude Gain: 865 meters

Duration: 7- 8 hours

The trail then leads to several picturesque trails that travel through a lovely forest. After leaving Gyabla, we will pass through a small town before crossing a hill. Then, after a few hours of trekking, we will reach Ghunsa by following the river trail. Ghunsa is a lovely Tibetan settlement with stone-paved houses, a health center, and a school.

Likewise, it has a hydropower station. The village is also located within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. You can interact with locals, listen to their stories, and observe their daily rural lives. Additionally, the area is home to several Buddhist temples and forts. We will spend the night in the Ghunsa teahouse.
Day 6
Acclimatization Day in Ghunsa
Gunsa Altitude: 3,595 meters

Acclimatization is a critical component of this long-distance trekking adventure. To get your body used to the high-altitude conditions, you will acclimate at various points along the trail. There are several acclimatization locations in and around Ghunsa. Even on acclimatization days, you will not be idle in Ghunsa and will trek around for some time.

You will hike to a lovely river that is 400 meters above the village. The hike to and from that viewpoint takes about 4 hours. From this vantage point, you can see mountains covered in snow, glaciers, hills, and mountain valleys. You can also visit the Tibetan village of Ghunsa to see its lovely local communities and rich cultural heritage.
Day 7
Trek to Khambachen (4050m)
Gunsa Altitude: 3,595 meters

Khambachen Altitude: 4,050 meters

Altitude Gain: 455 meters

Duration: 7–8 hours

We will leave Ghunsa and travel through various pine and rhododendron forests. We will walk along the southern bank of the Ghunsa Khola, which is home to numerous monasteries, mani walls, and chortens.

Furthermore, we will walk alongside slopes and glacier moraines until we reach Khambachen. Khambachen is a stunning town that has a Tibetan heritage and stunning views of snow-capped mountains in all directions. We will spend the night at a guesthouse and rest.
Day 8
Trek to Lhonak (4780m)
Khambachen Altitude: 4,050 meters

Lhonak Altitude: 4,780 meters

Altitude Gain: 730 meters

Duration: 3–4 hours

After breakfast, we will set out on our trek to Lhonak. First, we will hike to the Ghunsa Khola's source. Then we will hike north along the Kanchenjunga glacier. The path then ascends through grassland to reach the Lhonak Glacier. Although the surrounding environment is still cold and the air is dry and sparse, the view from the ridge is breathtaking. From this vantage point, the Mera, Nepal Peak, Twin Peak, and other peaks appear incredible. In Lhonak, you will spend the night at a camp.
Day 9
Trek to Kanchenjunga Base camp (5140m) and back to Lhonak
Lhonak Altitude: 4,780 meters

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Altitude: 5,140 meters

Altitude Gain: 360 meters

Duration: 6- 7 hours

After breakfast, we will depart for Lhonak to begin our early-morning trek. You will enjoy a stunning view of the snow-capped mountains as we travel along several northern slopes. You can view the magnificent Lhonak glaciers from a trail before getting to the Pang Pema base camp.

You can see beautiful scenery with mountains in every direction from the base camp. You can take some breathtaking pictures of the area while exploring it. The Kanchenjunga base camp offers a stunning view of rhododendron forests, mountain glaciers, and subtropical lowlands.

This part of the trek requires quite a bit of physical exertion, so you should have had training or experience at high altitudes beforehand. The Pangpema (5,100) or north face base camp is located above the glacier and provides stunning views of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang/Kanchenjunga West (8,505m). You should take your time admiring these stunning views. We will camp there that night after returning to Lhonak along the same route.
Day 10
Trek to Ghunsa (3595m)
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Altitude: 5,140 meters

Ghunsa Altitude: 3,595 meters

Altitude Loss: 1,545 meters

Duration: 7- 8 hours

We will proceed from Lhonak to Ghunsa along the same path as before. However, you will learn something new about the region and take in breathtaking views of its snow-capped mountains. Other cultural landmarks, like chortens and mani walls, are scattered throughout the trail. You will spend the night at a tented camp after getting to Ghunsa.
Day 11
Trek to Sele la Kharka (4200m)
Ghunsa Altitude: 3,595 meters

Sele La Kharka Altitude: 4,200 meters

Altitude Gain: 605 meters

Duration: 7- 8 hours

Our journey to Sele le Kharka will start in Ghunsa. There are stunning trails that wind through steep, rock-strewn roads. We will stroll alongside a lovely forest on the way to the High Camp. We will cross a high pass that is just above Sele la Kharka. In Sele la Kharka, we will spend the night at a camp.
Day 12
Trek over Sele la Pass and trek down to Tseram (3870m)
Sele La Kharka Altitude: 4,200 meters

Tseram Altitude: 3,870 meters

Altitude Loss: 330 meters

Duration: 7- 8 hours

After breakfast and watching the sunrise, we will hike to the magnificent Sele le Pass. Following that, we will cross two passes: Sinion (660 m) and Sele La (4480 m). The route will descend by 1000 meters to Tseram after crossing Sele la LasPasse. Once we reach Tseram, we will make camp close by. Awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped mountains and other varieties of natural diversity are visible.
Day 13
Trek to Oktang Base camp (4730m) and back to Ramche (4580m)
Tseram Altitude: 3,870 meters

Oktang Base Camp Altitude: 4,730 meters

Ramche Altitude: 4,580 meters

Altitude Gain: 860 meters

Duration: 7- 8 hours

Starting from Tseram, we will hike to Oktang Base Camp. We will travel through the Yalung Glacier snout to an eroded valley. Following that, the trail takes you to the area's breathtaking geological features and snow-capped mountains. The vantage point offers breathtaking mountain views of the Nepal-India border as well.

After reaching the Oktang base camp, we can take in the magnificent views of the mountains that surround the area. The area makes for stunning photography, after which you can descend to Ramche. From this Oktang Base Camp, you can see Mt. Kangchenjunga Main (8,586 m), Yalung Kang (8,505 m), Kangchenjunga Central (8,482 m), and Kanchenjunga South (8,476 m), the four main summits of Kangchenjunga. Only here in the Himalayas can one see four such high points so closely spaced from one another.

You will be mesmerized by the surrounding natural beauty, even though the view from this base camp is not as breathtaking as the one from the Pangpema base camp. As you make your way back to Ramche, you will pass a lovely lake and meadow. We will travel over rocky trails to get to Ramche, where we will spend the night.
Day 14
Trek back to Tseram (3870m)
Ramche Altitude: 4,580 meters

Tseram Altitude: 3,870 meters

Altitude Loss: 710 meters

Duration: 7- 8 hours

We will awaken to an incredible Himalayan sunrise early in the morning when the Himalayan mountains are still covered in snow. After that, we will take the same path we did earlier to get to Tseram, where we will camp out for the night. Tseram is a lovely hamlet with a few scattered settlements, and it is quite famous. The locals are quite busy with farming and other rural activities.
Day 15
Trek from Tseram to Tortong (2995 m)
Tseram Altitude: 3,870 meters

Tortong Altitude: 2,995 meters

Altitude Loss: 875 meters

Duration: 6- 7 hours

The trail from Tseram to Tortong is relatively easy. After a short descent from Tseram, the trail splits into two directions. You will follow the right-hand side trail as the left side leads back to Sele Le Pass. After passing through Simbuwa Khola, the trail enters a rhododendron forest and eventually leads to Tortong. We stay in Tortang for the night at a local teahouse.
Day 16
Trek to Yamphudin (1690 m)
Tortong Altitude: 2,995 meters

Yamphudin Altitude: 1,690 meters

Altitude Loss: 1,305 meters

Duration: 7- 8 hours

From Tortang, it will take 6 hours to get to Yamapudhin. Yamphudin is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, and its people still observe their old-fashioned rituals and celebrations. There, we camp out for the night.
Day 17
Drive from Yamphudip to Ilam
Yamphudin Altitude: 1,690 meters

Illam Altitude: 1,206 meters

Altitude Loss: 484 meters

Duration: 6- 7 hours

It is a long drive from Yamahpudin to IIam, a beautiful place with sloped tea gardens, lush green forests, holy sites, and distinct culture. It is a popular tourist destination. You could spend some time there exploring the beautiful greenery.
Day 18
Drive from Ilam to Bhadrapur and fly to Kathmandu
Illam Altitude: 1,206 meters

Bhadrapur Altitude: 87 meters

Kathmandu Altitude: 1,345 meters

Altitude Gain: 139 meters

Duration: 6- 7 hours

Finally, we will take a flight back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur. We will drive from Illam to Bhadrapur before boarding a flight to Kathmandu. We will fly through a beautiful scenic vista to arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. You can rest in a hotel or take a stroll past the stunning landmarks of this historic city.

What is Included

  • Trekking lodge (Tea House) and home stay accommodations during the trek.
  • Three meals a day during the trek including a cup of hot drink(Tea/ Coffee) each meal.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • Special Trekking permits, Conservation permits and other required paper documents.
  • Shared Jeep transport Birtomood -Taplejung and Yamphudin-Ilam -Birtamood.
  • Round trip flight fare Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu) with airport tax and pickup and drop.
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful porters with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed). Using these 3 items you pay $10 USD each as maintenance and washing charge.
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt, cap and duffel bag.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

What is Excluded

  • Accommodation and meals whilst you are in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee $50 dollar for a 30 day visa on arrival.
  • Your Travel Mountain Rescue Insurance
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Soft drinks, bottle of water, any alcoholic drinks, extra tea/coffee.
  • Desserts and snacks between the meals.
  • Hot shower, battery charging and use of WIFI on the tea houses.
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected).
  • Satellite phone $15 USD per day + Use of the credit if you make any call.

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1. Where is Mt. Kanchenjunga located?

Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak, is located in eastern Nepal, near the border with Sikkim, a tiny Himalayan state in northern India.

2. How long does the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek last?

With proper acclimatization and sightseeing, the trek can last up to 22 days.

3. How much does the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek cost?

It is an expensive trek. So, you must plan a budget of US$2000 to US$2,500.

4. How difficult is the Trek?

Due to its remoteness and elevation in Nepal, the Kanchenjunga trek is challenging. The highest peak at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp is located at 5200 meters. You should therefore be mentally and physically ready for the difficulty of the Kanchenjunga Trek. You will rise 400 to 800 meters in elevation each day on average.

5. Is travel insurance required for the Kanchenjunga Trek?

Having the appropriate travel insurance coverage is a must for all hikers. The biggest risks for trekkers in the Kanchenjunga area are high-altitude sickness and diarrhea.

6. Do I need a porter for the trek?

We strongly advise hiring a porter for the trek unless you are a very experienced hiker. Without having to worry about your backpack, you will be able to unwind and enjoy the walk. The porter's total weight, which includes his 3- to 4-kg load, is 20 kilograms. We provide the porters with the proper attire, including footwear. They enjoy walking in light shoes and are accustomed to snow.

7. Can I do a solo Kanchenjunga Circuit trek?

According to an act made by the Nepal Tourism Board, solo trekking has been prohibited in Nepal since April 1st. You need to hire a guide for this expedition.

8. What are the permits required for the Kanchenjunga trek?

You will require two different permits for the trek. Restricted Area Permit and Conservation Area Permit for Kanchenjunga There must be at least two trekkers to get permission.

9. How cold does it get at night?

The low point at night can be as low as -10 C or 14 F. The daytime temperature will typically be warm. Depending on the month, there may be changes in the temperature. We advise avoiding reliance on weather predictions. It is still in its early stages.

10. What is the height of Mount Kanchenjunga?

Kanchenjunga, also known as Kumbhkaran Lungur in Nepal and Kangchenjunga or Kinchinjunga, is the third-highest peak in the world (8,586 meters), standing at a height of 28,169 feet.

11. Can I access clean drinking water on the trek?

Drinking water from moving streams is dangerous. Therefore, if you want to drink the water, you can either boil it or buy mineral water. You can also use water-purifying tablets.

12. What should I pack for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

Clothing items, toiletries and medications, and trekking equipment and accessories should all be on the packing list for this trek.

13. What ethnic groups will you encounter while trekking the Kanchenjunga Circuit?

This trek explores the border between Nepal, Sikkim, and Tibet. The Rai people and the Limbu ethnic group, who practice animism, are dominant in the lower region's mixed Hindu community, which practices Hinduism. A distinct community of Buddhist Bhote and Sherpa people lives in the upper region.

14. What different types of flora and fauna can be found on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

The trek begins in Taplejung, a subtropical area, and passes through lovely temperate forests of maple, chestnut, and birch trees. Even though farming is less successful in hilly areas, terraced fields are still common in these lower areas.

Around Chitre, you will find rhododendron, pine, fir, and orchid-filled flora. Red pandas, Himalayan Asian black bears, and snow leopards have all been spotted in the area, though they are all timid and challenging to handle. Common bird species include the Chestnut-breasted partridge and the blood pheasant.

15. What is the best time for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

In early April, early May, and early June, as well as in late October, and early November, you can trek the Kanchenjunga Circuit. Expect generally stable weather, clear skies, warm days, and cool nights during these trekking seasons. There are far fewer people on the trails and in the lodges than in the central region, making the Kanchenjunga trek a peaceful experience.

16. What kind of food can I expect on the Kanchenjunga Trek?

The cuisine in Kanchenjunga is very simple. The majority of places do not always have a menu. The most popular foods are Thukpa and Dal Bhat. Momo, macaroni, and pasta are also available in a few places.

17. Who should avoid this trek?

Starting with this trek is not recommended for those without any prior hiking experience. It is an extremely difficult trek.

18. Who was the pioneer climber of Kanchenjunga?

George Band and Joe Brown were the first climbers to ascend Mount Kanchenjunga.

19. Why is it called Kanchenjunga?

The four Tibetan words that make up the name Kanchenjunga—typically pronounced Kang-chen-dzo-nga or Yang-chhen-dzö-nga—are translated as the "Five Treasures of the Great Snow" in Sikkim.

20. Why Should You Choose the Kanchenjunga Trek Over Other Treks?

If you are an adventurer who enjoys taking on new challenges, this Kanchenjunga trek will satisfy your soul. You would be mesmerized by the rich Tibetan cultures and traditions, as well as the diverse flora and fauna. The Kanchenjunga circuit trek is well worth your time, money, and effort. This is one of the world's highest treks. Along with giving you a taste of mountain life, it leads you through the Himalayas' pristine mountain ranges.

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What to Expect ?

The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is a difficult expedition because it takes you through various difficult landscapes in the region. As the trek winds through numerous uphill and downhill trails, your physical limits will be pushed to the max. It will undoubtedly be difficult. Although it will not be easy, once you get started you will feel good and strong.

However, the difficulty of this trek also depends on you. To finish the Kanchenjunga trek, you must have a high level of endurance. For hikers who have never hiked at a high altitude, the hike is particularly difficult. However, if you have high-altitude experience and the right gear, you can complete this trek. You should also get your fitness and stamina to an appropriate level because it takes 5 to 6 hours to complete this amazing trek.

Therefore, trekkers must go through extensive training in high-altitude conditions. The exercises must help you increase your strength, stamina, and fitness levels through physical activity, cardiovascular training, and mental practice. Thus, you must begin your training program at least two months before embarking on this strenuous trek through the Himalayan foothills.

You can expect it to be cold. It gets cold, especially at night. Bring warm clothes, layers, and wool socks. Also, the weather is very unpredictable, so extra layers of clothing are recommended. It can change significantly in a short time. The beautiful trek also has many weather challenges.

This incredible high-altitude trek can also result in altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness. You can expect to be sick. However, there are various ways to deal with altitude sickness along the trail. One of the most important aspects of dealing with altitude sickness is proper acclimatization. In addition, you can get yourself a good diet and regularly drink water.

Expect to be challenged. The trekkers frequently feel exhausted in the middle of the journey because there is a lot of climbing and descending on the following rivers, rocky hills, and jungles. You ought to be careful while crossing the landslide area, Glaciers, and narrow rock trails. You will be put to the test, and you will have to overcome obstacles. You must be able to avoid obstacles and have a positive experience.

Most importantly, you must expect to be inspired. You will be surrounded by stunning and inspiring mountains. You will climb the third-highest peak in the world and have the time of your life. You will not regret going on this beautiful and inspiring expedition.

When should you visit?

Although Kanchenjunga is accessible all year, Autumn and Spring are the best times to kick off this journey. The weather is a major factor that makes these two seasons ideal for the Kanchenjunga trek. Throughout both of these seasons, the weather is dry, stable, and pleasant, with no weather-related challenges. Even at high altitudes, these busy times of year guarantee that your trip will be secure and comfortable.

Similarly, the region has mild temperatures, beautiful weather, and clear skies. While nights are generally colder, days are typically warmer. The gorgeous snow-capped Himalayas, as well as the gently rolling green hills and mountain valleys, look breathtaking at this time of year.

Spring season

Spring (March–May) is the best time to go on the Kanchenjunga trek. The scenery is fantastic, with majestic, snow-capped mountains all around. Flowers bloom along the hills, giving the normally green hills a vibrant appearance. Clear blue skies and crisp mountain air surround the trails.

Since it is the busiest time of year for travel, there will not be any weather-related problems like more intense rain, snow, wind, etc. It is the perfect time for trekking because of the moderate temperatures. This time of year, people with a moderate level of fitness can participate in the Kanchenjunga trek and have the most incredible, life-changing experience.

Autumn season

Autumn (September–November) is the second-best time for the Kanchenjunga trek. Trekkers can take in the breathtaking panorama of the snow-covered mountain range. This time of year is renowned for its ideal weather, peaceful trails, peaceful atmosphere, etc. It is also a cultural time in the region, with many festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, and Chaath. Another appealing aspect of trekking in the Kanchenjunga region in autumn is the fall foliage.

With no snow, rain, or overcast weather, there are fewer weather-related difficulties. As there are no heavy rains, you will not have any muddy and slippery trails. The post-monsoon period, which occurs after the monsoon season, gives the surroundings a revitalizing touch by cleaning the landscapes and restoring their vibrancy.

Off-season trek

Summer, monsoon, and winter are the off-seasons for the Kanchenjunga Trek. The summer monsoon begins in June and ends in August. The temperature is quite hot and humid at this time of the year. This season will bring heavy rainfall and other weather-related challenges. There will be avalanches, mudslides, and slippery trails. As a result, there may be numerous travelers' casualties related to the weather.

The winter season brings heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures to the region. It starts in December and ends in February. Trekkers will find the journey quite challenging due to the chilly weather conditions. You will face several difficulties, including hypothermia and frostbite. However, the magnificent views of the snow-covered mountains are breathtaking.

Trekking in the off-season is not advised, but if you must, make sure you have the right equipment and are properly trained. You might experience various problems and discomforts along the way. However, if you prepare properly, you can trek during the off-season.

Food and Accommodation

For many years, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek has remained a camping trek due to the tough geography of Mt. Kanchenjunga. However, because of moderate growth in basic hut accommodation along the way, Kanchenjunga is now a teahouse trek.

Food and accommodation are also considered one of the difficulties on this challenging expedition. The food and lodging options on this high-altitude trek are rather basic. They provide services such as toilets, bathrooms, and lodging. However, in high-altitude conditions, these magnificent tea houses offer travelers a cozy setting. They also provide a warm meal and a pleasant stay.

Due to the lack of teahouses in remote areas, you should camp along the trail at some points. We will handle all food and accommodations, so you will not have to worry about anything. The toilets in these tea houses are squat and located outside. Some lower-region teahouses offer additional services like WiFi, charging, hot water, and others, but they charge extra. But as we progress, it takes a lot of work to access these services.

The most crucial component while trekking is food. Your health depends on the type of food you eat because there are many chances of getting sick at high altitudes due to an improper diet. You should be eating high-calorie foods that keep you energized during the day. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek offers very few options for food.

These tea houses serve "Dal Bhat," a typical Nepalese dish made up of rice, lentils, dal, pickles, vegetables, and other ingredients. You will be served toast, hard-boiled eggs, and porridge for breakfast. Aside from these, hot beverages in the region include tea, hot drinks, garlic soup, coffee, and so on. Other cuisines, such as momo, chowmein, noodles, thukpa, and others, are also available in some teahouses. You can also purchase snacks, including protein bars, dried fruits, and granola bars.

Permit

Any high-altitude trekking adventure in Nepal must include a trekking permit. Before beginning this amazing trek, you must obtain a variety of Kanchenjunga Trekking permits. These include the Special Restricted Area Permit and the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit.

Permits for the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area cost about NRs. 2,000 per person per entry for foreigners, NRs. 500 per person per entry for SAARC citizens, and NRs. 100 for Nepalese; children under the age of 10 enter for free.

You will need special trekking permits for this trek because it goes through the Phantanglung, Mikwakhola, and Sirijunga Rural Municipalities of the Taplejung district in Province 1. The cost of this trekking permit is $20 per person per week. This is only for the first four weeks.

It will cost you USD 25 per person/week after the first four weeks. If you have a restricted area or special trekking permit, you do not need a TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) permit.

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