Kanchenjunga Trek

Duration: 29
Difficulty: Moderate/Adventure
Best Season: Spring and Autumn
Arrival On: Kathmandu
Activity Per Day: 6-7 hours of trekking
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge, Teahouse, Tent, Camping
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Trip Overview

Kanchenjunga is third highest mountain in the world, and the most easterly of the 8000 meter peaks of the Himalaya. The name means Five Treasures of the Great Snow, a reference to its five summits. The name is also spelled Kanchenjunga, but according to the Himalayan Journal article, people who know the Tibetan language strongly insist that the ‘g’ should be there.

The huge massif of Kanchenjunga is buttressed by great ridges running roughly due east to west and north to south, forming a giant ‘X’. These ridges contain a host of spectacular 6-7000 meter peaks. On the East Ridge in Sikkim, is Siniolchu (22,600′ / 6888m), regarded as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The west ridge culminates in the magnificent Jannu (25,294′ / 7710m) with its imposing north face. To the south, clearly visible form Darjeeling, is Kabru (24,002′ / 7,316 m). The north ridge contains The Twins and Tent Peak, and runs up to the Tibetan border by the Jongsong La, a 20,080′ (6,120 m) pass. Himalayan Pioneer’s 27 days Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is full of adrenaline and thrill. You will experience an extreme trekking lesson, far from city’s hustle on the lap of the Himalayas that is for sure!


As you are picked from Tribhuwan International  Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast.  We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.


During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.

Physical Condition & Requirement

This Trek is a moderate level Trek. You will be walking for 6-7 hour a day on average. We will face the steep hill, cross steep, hilly terrain etc.  We will be heading mostly uphill where we will face an average of 4000m altitude change. You will be given acclimatization day in between the trail so that you will not face altitude sickness. If you have strong determination and hope in yourself to reach the base of Mt. Annapurna then this Trek will not be that difficult.

If you have done any Trek before it will be your skill but you don’t require pre-experience or any training for this Trek. If you have any health problems it would be better if you consult with a doctor before your visit and give the details to Sherpa Himalaya so that we could customize your trip as per your body requirement.

Best Time to Visit

Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can visit Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.


Your health safety and last destination with high-quality service is our Main priority. Your Guide has the authority to bring change in itinerary, stop or cancel any part of your itinerary if it is very necessary due to safety concern. However, these kinds of problem rarely arise. Our effort will be to follow our given itinerary. Weather condition, health problem or any natural disaster and flight cancellation due to bad weather in the mountain may bring change in itinerary.

Frequently Asked Questions



Details Itinerary

Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the hotel where you will stay overnight. We will brief you shortly on your upcoming Trek with us after refreshment. We will also introduce you to your trekking guide and team guide.
we will gather to discuss in brief, the tour itinerary and other information. We will then check clothing and trekking equipment you will require during our travel.You will be taken to shop if you need to buy some gears.Overnight at hotel.
We will take an early flight to Bhadrapur and again take another flight to Suketar. As the single flight is not available from Kathmandu to Suketar, we will first reach Bhadrapur and fly again to Suketar. Upon arrival we will be greeted by crew and discuss about travel plans briefly. After that we will trek to Taplejung Overnight stay at Taplejung.
On this day we will descend to lower lands and reach Mitlung which will be 4 to 5 hours away. The trail passes through green vallies, pastures and small villages. We will cross two big rivers on the way, one is Hangdewa River and another is Tamor River. After final ascend of about 400 meters on the last part of trail, we will reach Mitlung. Overnight at Mitlung.
On this day, our trail ascends and descends gradually as we head towards Chirwa. We will have lunch at Tawa which is along the way. After crossing a suspension bridge at Sinwa we will reach Tawa. The trail will lead us through very rural locality but rich with natural beauty. Chirwa is a Limbu community settlement with some shops and tea houses. We stay overnight on camp.
The trek from Chirwa to Sukathum passes through unique landscapes such as cardamom fields and dense pine forests. We will trek uphill for some time then descend to the lush green fields below and continue trekking along the Tamor River passing through a dense pine forest again. It’s both uphill and downhill trek but steady and slow which is perfect for trekking. After crossing the Ghunsa River, we will reach Sukathum. Overnight as camping.
Trekking from Sukathum to Amjilosa will be technical and difficult. After crossing the suspension bridge at Sukathum we will enter a vast forest with wild habitats as well and ascend the steep trail. We will also descend and cross the river again. This trek will be up and down one. We will also climb a gorge at Bottoma and reach Solima for lunch. After lunch we will further descend again to the level of the river at sandy beach. As we have to gradually go up and climb down, this trek will be sure a tiring and difficult one for the members of our team. We will reach Amjilosa After going through a trail which is uphill at first and then a steep climb down. Overnight as Camping.
On this day, our trek will start from Tamor river bank, a sandy bank indeed. Along our trail we will pass dense bamboo forest and rhododendron plantation area. We will have lunch on the way where guide feels it is time for lunch. We will climb uphill crossing few rivers and waterfalls on our way. There are few waterfalls which are spectacular and beautiful. We will reach Gayabla After crossing such waterfalls and climbing up at mountain. Overnight as camping.
On this day, our trek will descend down the river. It will lead us through a valley which slowly opens up before we reach Phale. Phale is a small business center where we can buy homemade handicrafeets and other items. Phale is a Tibetan refugee settlement. After crossing a dense pine tree we will reach Ghunsa which is Sherpa village. Overnight as camping.
We will set aside this day again for acclimatization to minimize the chances of any member being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We will hike shortly to stay active as well. We will take a short hike towards the Laspsan La monastery through the lush green forest and we will come back to Ghunsa by Afternoon, eat lunch and relax. Overnight at tented camps.
After breakfast we will begin our trek from Ghunsa and travel further north along the river bank which pictures magnificent mountain scenery and landscapes. We will pass through meadows full with rhododendron and pine forests. We will cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, and continue our trek past the waterfall. We will encounter a landslide affected area which we will cross slowly. Along the landslide spot we will begin to see magnificient view of Mt. Jannu. Further uphill and we will reach Kambachen. Overnight as camping.
We take every measure to ensure safety and fit health of every climber so we take rest yet another day for acclimatisation at Kambachen which is also a camp site for climbers to accommodate and prepare for high altitude climb. We will also monitor a brief health check up of members. We will explore the Nuphchu Khola Valley area to stay active. Overnight as Camping.
After breakfast we will begin our trek from Ghunsa and travel further north along the river bank which pictures magnificent mountain scenery and landscapes. We will pass through meadows full with rhododendron and pine forests. We will cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, and continue our trek past the waterfall. We will encounter a landslide affected area which we will cross slowly. Along the landslide spot we will begin to see magnificient view of Mt. Jannu. Further uphill and we will reach Kambachen. Overnight as camping.
Finally we will reach Kanchenjunga base camp on this day. We will trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier and reach Pangpema to spend a night where Kanchenjunga base camp lies on the north side. We will follow team guide’s guide as the latter part of trail is full of loose soil that may even cause landslides sometimes. We ensure maximum precaution and crossing such landslides we will reach Pangpema, the Kanchenjunga base camp. If the trekker is willing to trek even more uphill, after a gradual steep climb a little higher, we can enjoy the splendor of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal. Overnight at camp.
We will 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.
On this day, our trek will descend towards Ghunsa reversing our trek. The route is same as we the one we used to ascend uphill. Down the mountain, we will enjoy another prospective view of lanscapes. After crossing a dense pine tree we will reach Ghunsa which is Sherpa village. Overnight as camping.
After breakfast we will start our steep trek upward from Ghunsa to Sele-Le. Lunch will be served in an appropriate place with the availability of water and place to rest. At latter part of trail before we reach Sele Le, we will climb through a dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper. We will spend the night in Sele Le.
At this day, we will do an uphill trek and enjoy the mesmerizing south side view of Jannu Himal and Makalu (the world's 6th highest mountain) along the route. Today is a strenuous trekking day as we cross several passes- Sinion La, Mirgin La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang and we will require utter dedication and focus because one slip of leg can cause a disaster but our team guide will ensure everyone is safe while crossing. We will then make a steep descend to Cheram. Overnight at Cheram.
As we start our daily trek we will have to choose between two trails. A brief discussion with members to finalize the route after evaluating pros and cons, we will chose a route. However, Himalayan Pioneeer suggests to choose the route along Simbuwa Khola, pass through Lapsang village. After crossing lapsang we will reach Ramche. Further uphill the valley, we will encounter a tremendous view of blue sheeps. Viewing Kanchenjunga’s south face, we will then descend down and reach Lhase Danda by evening. Overnight at Lhase Danda.
While we will descend from Lhase Danda to Yamphudin, we will pass through Lasiya Bhanjyang which involves walking up through trees and area of landslides. Team guide’s command should be followed to maintain complete safety. The terrain is muddy at latter part as we will reach Yamphudin. Overnight at Yamphudin.
For this day, our route will descend from Yamphudin, cross the bridge at Samekham and continue following the Kabeli Khola towards Mamangkhe. We will pass through Mamankhe which houses the Limbu Museum and Cultural Center and rest while having lunch. We will then cross a bridge over Khaksewa Khola and ascend through the cardamom forest. After passing by a few villages we will descend further down to Mamangkhe. Overnight at Mamangkhe.
After early breakfast we will head towards Khesiwa which is a business hub that joins mountain region with plains of Terai. While descending to Khesiwa we will pass through beautiful terraced villages, and have lunch at feasible place. We spend the night in Khesiwa and enjoy the hospitality of the villagers late at night.
After breakfast we will start our trek towards Laikharka. Lalikharka is a connecting point to the airport at Suketar from where we will travel back to Bhadrapur. It will take around 4-5 hours to reach Lalikharka. We will stay overnight at Lalikharka.
This will be the last day at mountain as we will bid goodbye and head to Birtamod another day. Suketar is a small village with an airstrip. The trail to Suketar is fairly easy and doesn’t require any technical skills. We will reach Suketar before evening and explore the locality. Overnight at Suketar.
After breakfast we will drive from Suketar to Birtamod which is a big Terai town in Eastern Nepal. We will try to arrange flight as much as possible but we may not get ticket so we will use road vehicle. Along the way we will notice the climate getting warmer with a landscape that is different from the mountains and the hills. The town boasts a number of good accommodation facilities therefore we will spend the night in Birtamod.
We will drive to Bhadrapur airport which will take about 30 minutes. We will then fly back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day.Today you will be invited by Sherpa Himalaya for Last Day Dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.

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