Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

25 Days
  • 5181m
  • Taplejung - Taplejung
  • Difficult
  • Guesthouse
  • 6-8 Hours Per Day
  • Summer (March- Mid May) and Autumn (October- November)


Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a thrilling trek that takes you far into the Eastern side of Nepal. You will come face to face with the third highest peak in the world, during this tough but immensely rewarding trek.

You will get a mesmerizing greeting from snowy peaks like Kabru, Rathong, Jannu Himal as well as the Yalung Glacier. From the first day itself, the lush green forests and sprawling farmlands will welcome you on the trail. This trek is demanding and will challenge you with steep inclines, narrow trails, and off-beaten, rocky terrains. It is this challenge that makes the rewarding views that much more worth it.

The trek itself will include 20 days of walking and 25 days in total. In terms of natural beauty, you will be walking along multiple gushing rivers as well as waterfalls. Your trek will include navigating ridges, crossing long suspension bridges, and vast green meadows. In terms of spiritual beauty as well, you will get to explore Oktang and Ramtang Monastery. There are chortens and mani walls along the way, decorated with prayer flags that add a unique visual touch to your journey.

The best time to go on this trek is during Spring and Autumn. This trek falls under the difficult category, so it is ideal to have some previous trekking experience. Since this trail contains steep inclines and rocky terrain, we recommend avoiding this trek during monsoon season for your own safety. The skies and mountain views will also be much clearer during summer and autumn.

With Nepal Social Trek & Expedition, you can be positive that our trained professionals are ready and prepared to guide you in your trails. Whether it is the landscape, culture, or history, our guides are knowledgeable. They will ensure that you can truly understand the land that you are trekking on. We also have a team of porters and first aid kits handy so that we can make sure that all you have to do is enjoy your trek and admire the beauty around you.

For a trip that combines an aesthetic, cultural, and historical trekking experience in one, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a perfect choice.

Why You’ll Love Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

  • Breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak
  • Trekking through lush forests of birch, pine, and rhododendron
  • Spectacular view of peaks like Tuplung, Kabru, Rathong, Nyukla Lachung, Jannu Himal and the Yalung Glacier
  • Visiting monasteries like Ramtang and Oktang
  • Exploring the diverse flora and fauna of the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area
  • Short scenic flight to and from Bhadrapur
  • Enjoying a starkly different landscape than the city, filled with terraced farmlands, waterfalls, and diverse settlements

Is Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Right For You?

  • The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek can be quite demanding. You will be walking for 6-8 hours per day for over three weeks. You might need some mental and physical preparation to tackle this.
  • This trek is quite strenuous. Therefore, we recommend you maintain a good degree of physical fitness prior to this trip.
  • The lodges in the more remote areas have the necessary amenities. You will have clean, cozy rooms and hygienic food, but you may need to bring any additional materials on your own.
  • The elevation on this trek crosses 4500m as we will be crossing very high passes. So there is a risk of altitude sickness. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you need to seek medical advice before booking this trek. However, we have a comprehensive first aid kit and a trained staff on board to take care of your safety.
  • The weather can be quite unpredictable. Depending on your travel time, you might want to ensure that you are prepared for such unforeseeable events.

Kanchenjunga Circuit trek – Outline Itinerary

DayItineraryAltitude (m)Duration (hours)
1Arrival in Kathmandu1300-
2Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation1300-
3Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (Flight) to Taplejung (Drive)242010
4Taplejung to Lalikharka (Trek)22652020-04-05 00:00:00
5Lalikharka to Khesewa (Trek)21202020-05-06 00:00:00
6Khesewa to Mamankhe (Trek)17852020-05-06 00:00:00
7Mamankhe to Yamphudin (Trek)20802020-04-05 00:00:00
8Yamphudin to Tortong (Trek)29952020-07-08 00:00:00
9Tortong to Cheram (Trek)38702020-02-03 00:00:00
10Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest3870-
11Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (Trek)45802020-03-04 00:00:00
12Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp to Cheram (Trek)45002020-03-04 00:00:00
13Cheram to Sele La (Trek)42902020-06-07 00:00:00
14Sele La to Ghunsa (Trek)35952020-02-03 00:00:00
15Ghunsa to Kambachen (Trek)40502020-05-06 00:00:00
16Kambachen to Lhonak (Trek)47802020-05-06 00:00:00
17Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (Trek)51432020-06-07 00:00:00
18Pangpema to Lhonak (Trek)47802020-03-04 00:00:00
19Lhonak to Ghunsa (Trek)34752020-06-07 00:00:00
20Ghunsa to Amjilosa (Trek)23082020-05-06 00:00:00
21Amjilosa to Chirwa (Trek)12702020-06-07 00:00:00
22Chirwa to Taplejung via Mitlung (Trek)9212020-07-08 00:00:00
23Taplejung to Bhadrapur (Trek)24209
24Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (Flight)13001
25Final departure1300-

Important Notes

  • You might want to carry a universal adapter for your charging needs as we go to more remote places. You can also purchase this in shops at Kathmandu itself.
  • As the weather can be unpredictable, you should pack a down jacket to get comfortable even if it gets cold or rains.
  • ATMs and credit card acceptance are scarce in higher altitudes, so remember to have some cash handy for your purchases.
  • You might need to carry some passport size photographs for your permits along the way.

Permits Required

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP)

This permit is mandatory for all trekkers venturing into the Kanchenjunga Conservation area. You will need a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months of validity as well as a valid Nepal visa. You will also need a passport-sized photo, and you will need to submit the application, itinerary, and insurance details. The cost details are as follows:

  • USD 20 per person with no time limitation.

Kanchenjunga Trek Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

This permit is mandatory for all trekkers venturing into the Kanchenjunga Conservation area. You will need a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months of validity as well as a valid Nepal visa. You will also need a passport-sized photo, and you will need to submit the application, itinerary, and insurance details. The cost details are as follows:

  • USD 10 per person per week.

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card

This permit is mandatory for all trekkers traveling in Nepal. For this permit, you will need to carry some passport-sized photographs and a photocopy of your passport. The costs are detailed as follows:

  • USD 20 for individual trekkers
  • USD 10 for trekkers in groups
  • USD 6 for individual trekkers from SAARC countries
  • USD 3 for group trekkers from SAARC countries

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Itinerary (25 Days)

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will be ready to pick you up. They will then escort you to your hotel and help you check-in. Once we check into the hotel, you will receive a brief outline for the trek. In the evening, you will have an introductory welcome dinner. The first night is all about bonding and resting up.


  • Hassle-free airport pick-up
  • A detailed explanation of the itinerary
  • Bonding welcome dinner with the full group

Special Note

Make sure to listen attentively when our tour guide outlines the trek itinerary for you. You will get a good idea of what to expect during the trip, and of the packing list, foods, and so on. It will help you make sure that you have not forgotten to pack anything essential. In case you want to leave some luggage at the hotel, make sure you double-check your trekking supplies before heading out on the trek.

Hotel - 3 Stars

We know that you must be gearing up to head out on your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. But let’s not overlook what our capital city has to offer. You can take this day to lose yourself in the cultural and historical beauty of Kathmandu. Right after breakfast, you will be heading out for some sightseeing.

You don’t have to worry about crowds or the heat as we stroll around in a comfortable private vehicle. Our tour guide will be ready to relay details of the sites that you will be heading to. You will begin your sightseeing at Pashupatinath, which is a very famous Hindu temple.

Once you’ve marveled at the cultural and sacred beauty of this temple, you will move to Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. All around you are Buddhist temples with their unique beauty. In the evening, we will be heading to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where the cultural beauty of middle age architecture will envelop you.

You also have some time in the evening to shop for any trekking gear or supplies. We will be near market hubs like New road or Thamel, so it will be easy to buy any missing components.


  • Sightseeing through sites like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath temples
  • Strolling through historic sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Free day to purchase any trekking gear or supplies that you might need

Hotel - 3 Stars

Early morning, you will be boarding a plane to Bhadrapur. This flight will take about 45 minutes. Despite the short flight, you’ll get to enjoy amazing views of the valley below. You will also be seeing stunning snow-capped peaks surrounding you. Once we land, we will be driving to Taplejung. This drive will take us about 7-8 hours.

Outside your window, you can witness amazing countryside views of terraced fields and rolling hills.  We will be taking plenty of breaks for lunch and to give your legs a stretch. You can use any extra time to explore one of the many Buddhist gompas. One of the main attractions here is the butter lamps that have been burning for 400 years nonstop. The soothing hum of prayer chants will give you a calm evening.


  • Short and scenic flight to Bhadrapur
  • Enjoying the drive through winding roads and into the countryside
  • Exploring the Buddhist gompas with butter lamps that have been burning for 400 years

Special note

On this day, you will head to Taplejung on a 7-8 hour drive. We recommend carrying some snacks and entertainment. While the views of terraced fields and hills will keep your journey from becoming monotonous, bring along some music, podcasts, or books to enjoy your drive.

10 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning, we will be heading out to Lalikharka–a small but beautiful village in eastern Nepal. The trek here will take you through inclines and descends that take you via farmlands and through thick green forests. Lalikharka is known for its vast grazing pastures. You will get to see many local shepherds out with their cattle and soak in the warm sun in these open lands. After walking for about 4-5 hours, we will be setting up camp on this grassland itself.


  • Trekking through lush green forests and farmlands
  • Camping under the stars on a wide-open grassland
  • Navigating quick ascends and descends for an added thrill

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day’s trek, you will be following a relatively easy descent to Phundrawa. After this, you will be climbing some inclines to Yangpang. The inclines tend to get quite steep in some places. You will be climbing until you reach Phumphe Danda. All along the way, lush forests and small settlements will add delightful sights to your trek. You can also catch glimpses of Mt. Kanchenjunga. This day’s trek will take you about 5-6 hours of walking.


  • Steep inclines for a challenging day of trekking
  • Walking through lush forests and villages
  • Views of the snow-capped Mt. Kanchenjunga

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we will be heading out towards Kabeli Khola. You will hear the soothing sounds of this river cheering you on as you follow the trail towards thick forests. The tall trees will stretch high above to provide shade as you trudge along. All along the way, you will get to see stunning views of the peaks around you. You can also choose to mingle with the locals in the villages that you pass.


  • Crossing the Kabeli Khola and walking through forests
  • Excellent views of the majestic peaks around you

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day, you will be walking along the Kabeli Khola. You will be walking for 4-5 hours through lush forests and waterfalls. The trails will take you through high ridges as well as river beds. The clear rivers will run alongside you, ready to refresh you along the way. Yamphudin is one of the most remote villages in this area.


  • Walking alongside the Kabeli Khola
  • Navigating ridges, lush forests, and waterfalls for a trek filled with natural beauty

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a fulfilling breakfast, we will be heading out and rejoining the trail. You will be following a trail that is popular amongst the locals. This day’s trek will take you through some steep inclines. Furthermore, it will take you through beautiful terraced farms where you can see farmers milling about their daily lives.

As you trek on, you will see green meadows stretching wide and breathe in the crisp countryside air. You will be walking this trail and descending to get to the soft-flowing Omje Khola. This day’s trek will take you about 7-8 hours of walking before you cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang.


  • Thrilling trek with steep inclines and descents
  • Walking alongside the soft-flowing Omje Khola
  • The rich natural beauty of meadows and farmlands

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning, we will head out towards Cherma. You will be walking along the Simbuwa Khola. As you trek on, you will come across the Lalung valley–a beautiful valley where you will get to see vast grasslands over cascading hills. You will also be trekking through steep rises and going into lush rhododendron forests.

The stunning red and green colors of this forest will only highlight the snowy white peaks at a distance. You can get an excellent view of the Tuplung, Kabru, and Rathong Peak, as well as the Yalung Glacier.


  • Walking along the Simbuwa Khola
  • Witnessing the natural beauty of the green Lalung valley
  • Trekking through thick rhododendron forests
  • Excellent views of peaks like Tuplung, Kabru, Rathong Peak, and the Yalung Glacier

Special Note

Since we will be reaching elevations higher than 3500m on this day, there will be some risk of altitude sickness. Since the risks differ from person to person, we have our first-aid kit ready for any situation. So if you begin to feel any strain or shortness of breath, make sure you inform our guide so that they can take the necessary measures to make sure you are safe.

3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will be using this day to rest up and allow our bodies to acclimatize. You can explore the village on your own or take small hikes to higher elevations if you feel fit. We recommend you choose to walk around instead of taking the day off altogether. Walking around will also help in preparing your body for the rest of the trek. There is a viewpoint a couple of hours away that offers spectacular views of Kabaru and Rathong Peak.


  • Full day to acclimatize and rest before rejoining the trek
  • Option to hike to a viewpoint with spectacular views of Kabaru and Rathong Peak

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day’s trek, we will be ascending higher on the trek. You will get to follow a trail that takes you right up to the mouth of Yalung Glacier. You will be trekking along a pleasant pathway with a fantastic backdrop of majestic mountains. This day’s trek will take you about 3-4 hours as we will be pacing ourselves at this high altitude. Walking past the small village of Lapsang, we will be arriving at Ramche.


  • Mesmerizing backdrop of mountains like Koktang, Kabru, and Rathong
  • Trekking up to the Yalung Glacier
  • Only 3-4 hours of paced walking

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning, we will be following the trail that takes you to a small stream. You will be following this stream and climbing and incline. Here, you will begin to see fantastic views of the Kanchenjunga. As you trek on, views of the Jannu Himal will welcome you. You will be walking towards Oktang Monastery and then eventually reaching the Yalung Base Camp.

The views from this base camp will be unforgettable as you can witness the Kumba Karna and Nyukla Lachung peaks loom close. This day’s trek will include 3-4 hours of walking. Once you have filled your hearts and your cameras with the pictures of these sights, we will be descending back to Cheram.


  • Walking by and exploring the Oktang Monastery
  • Trekking up to Yalung Base Camp
  • Excellent views of the Kumba Karna and Nyukla Lachung
  • Only 3-4 hours of walking

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day’s trek is very eventful. You will be crossing four passes today. First, the trail will lead you to an incline towards Sinelapche Bhanjyang (5181m). Then, you will be descending towards the Mirgin La Pass (4645m). All along the way, you will witness peaks like Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Gyakung Kang, and Chamalang. From this elevation, you can also get a spectacular view of the valley below. Following that, you will be reaching Sinion La Pass (4440m) and, finally, climbing up to Sele La Pass (4290m). You will be walking for about 6-7 hours. We will be stopping at Sele La for the night.


  • Crossing four high passes: Sinelapche Bhanjyang (5181m), Mirgin La Pass (4645m), Sinion La Pass (4440m), and Sele La Pass (4290m)
  • Unparalleled views of peaks like Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Gyakung Kang, and Chamalang

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning, you will be rejoining the trail to head north. The first destination is Tangbgharma Danda. Here, you will be coming across a chorten decorated with prayer flags. You can choose to explore the area for a while to appreciate the spiritual beauty of this place. Once you reach Lamba Sumba Kharka, the descent will be much easier.

Further on the trek, you will be descending into thick birch, pine, and rhododendron forests. This journey is sure to make you feel transported right into the heart of nature. After walking for about 2-3 hours, you will reach Ghunsa. You can choose to explore the village and try local specialties such as the Tongba (locally brewed alcohol).


  • Walking to Tangbgharma Danda with its mesmerizing views
  • Trekking into thick forests of birch, pine, and rhododendron

3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you are ready back into the trail. First, you will be walking along a riverbank and enjoying the clean and green meadows that surround you. After that, you will be crossing some pine and rhododendron forests. As you cross a bridge, it will take you to Rampuk Kharka.

As you trek on, you will pass by a waterfall and a landslide area. Appreciating the raw natural beauty of this landscape is sure to be a treat for your eyes. After about 5-6 hours of walking, you will be reaching Kambachen.


  • Walking along green meadows full of wildflowers
  • Trekking through pine and rhododendron forests
  • Appreciating the natural beauty of a landslide area as well as waterfalls
  • Excellent views of Mt. Jannu

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day’s trek is going to be slightly more challenging. You will be trekking through rugged fields along the riverbank. Eventually, you will be reaching a waterfall where you can rest and enjoy the freshwater flow. After this, you will be crossing a bridge that leads you to the Ramtang monastery. You will have to cross a landslide section and follow a descent to Lhonak. This day you will be walking for about 5-6 hours.


  • Visiting and exploring the Ramtang monastery
  • Trekking by waterfalls, rugged fields, and a landslide section

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day’s trek, you will be climbing the incline along the Kanchenjunga Glacier.  All along the way, the views of Jannu Himal, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and other peaks will reward you with their magnificence. You will be reaching Pangpema, from where you can admire the main peak of Kanchenjunga.

Once you finish snapping pictures of this picturesque sight, you can descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Even from here, you will get to enjoy breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga and Jannu Himal. After this, you will be heading back to Pangpema for the night.


  • Trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp
  • Thrilling incline to make for an adventurous and rewarding trek
  • Breathtaking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Jannu Himal

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As we descend back to Lhonak, you will be walking against a spectacular backdrop of these snowy peaks. You will be turning your back to Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, Tent Peak, and The Twins. This day’s trek will take you only about 3-4 hours of walking.


  • Excellent views of peaks like Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, Tent Peak, and The Twins
  • Retracing familiar routes to descend

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning, you will be descending to Ghunsa. The trail you follow will be a familiar one that takes you through Kambachen. You will be revisiting the thick birch, pine, and rhododendron forests that you had previously gone through. The shade of these forests will keep you protected against the heat as you trek for about 6-7 hours to reach Ghunsa.


  • Walking through lush birch, pine, and rhododendron forests
  • Retracing your steps and walking along with familiar, but stunning landscapes

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day’s trek, you will be walking along multiple mani walls. You will eventually reach a monastery, which you can choose to explore. Further on, you will begin to see juniper forests that lead you into Phare. From here, you will hear the Chhudatangka Khola invite you with its swift flow.

You will be crossing a bridge to arrive at Gyabla. You will also get to see a gorgeous waterfall and cross a long suspension bridge over the Sumbung Khola. After walking for about 6-7 hours, you will be reaching Amjilosa.


  • Rows of white mani walls that lead you to a monastery
  • Crossing over the Chhudatangka Khola and the Sumbung Khola
  • Trekking by a gorgeous waterfall

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning, we will be leaving Amjilosa to reach a small waterfall. Beyond that, you will be reaching the Solima village. You will then be crossing a suspension bridge over the Ghunsa Khola. As you stay on the trail, it will take you to another suspension bridge once again over the Ghunsa Khola to reach Sukathum.

This day’s trek will take you through many different settlements, which will help you get a proper understanding of the local lives. As you follow the trail alongside Tamor Nadi, you will reach Chirwa. On this day, you will be walking for about 6-7 hours.


  • Navigating multiple suspension bridges over the Ghunsa Khola
  • Walking through varied settlements to understand the local culture
  • Visiting a small but beautiful waterfall

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, you will be trekking to Mitlung. Mitlung is popular for its beautiful flora and fauna. All around you, you will see lush vegetation. As you trek, you will begin to notice more settlements as we leave the remote areas behind. You will be walking for about 7-8 hours. Your eyes are in for a treat as you will see small villages and sprawling greenery.


  • Trekking long, lush vegetation and quaint villages

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Congratulations! You have completed this circuit trek. Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the scenic drive back to Bhadrapur. The drive will take about 9 hours. There will be plenty of stops for lunch as well as for breaks.

You can choose to sit back and bid goodbye to the rolling hills and settlements outside your window or simply open up for your camera roll and relive your trip through pictures. If the skies are clear, you will even be able to see some snow-capped peaks bidding you adieu.


  • A scenic drive from Taplejung to Bhadrapur
  • Bidding goodbye to the rolling hills, snowy mountains, and traditional villages that disappear in the rearview mirror

9 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, we will be leaving the guest house to catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Here, you have a full free afternoon to travel or simply rest. The flight will take around 45 mins. You will get to see the majestic peaks and the valleys you’ve trudged upon one last time as you head back. Once you get to the hotel, you have the rest of the day free that you can utilize to stroll around town or simply rest up in.


  • Short, scenic flight to Kathmandu
  • Rest of the day free for sightseeing for resting

1 hour
Hotel - 3 Stars

And just like that, we have reached the end of your trip. Our staff will be driving you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. Bidding you a safe journey, a camera roll full of memories, and hoping to see you again.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Costs

The Cost Include(s)

  • Private Arrival & Departure transfers on both international and domestic flights
  • Assistance for the trekking gears and the shopping for the trekking equipment if required
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (USD 20 per person), Restricted Area Permit (USD 10 per person) and TIMS
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during trekking
  • 3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis
  • Accommodation in camping during trekking
  • All private overland transports included in the itinerary
  • All kitchen teams including experienced trek Cook and staff
  • Nepal Social Treks Gears – sleeping bag or duffel bag for use during the trip Professional local guide with extensive experience.
  • First Aid Kit Comprehensive
  • Necessary Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment (1 porter per 2 trekkers)
  • Insurance for all staff including porters
  • Assistance to evacuation in case of any kind of emergency
  • Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek map
  • Nepal government tax and service fees

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Entry visa for Nepal that you can get upon arrival in Kathmandu
  • Any bottled drinks other than tea and coffee
  • Personal insurance if any evacuation is needed during trekking or climbing
  • Any personal gear for trekking
  • International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges
  • Valid Travel Insurance with Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Additional expenses for batteries, telephones, cold drinks, laundry, and more
  • Any tips or gratuities for the staff

FAQs about Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

What is the accommodation like in the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

We will be making no compromises when it comes to your accommodation. Even when we are trekking to the more remote areas, you will be staying in teahouses or guest lodges. You can expect excellent local hospitalities, and all the basic facilities you need to be catered to. When we are in a major city, we will be staying at 3 to 4-star hotels.

When is the best time to go on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

For most treks, including this one, Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to travel. The skies will be much clearer and give you terrific views of the majestic peaks around you. On this trek, the Kabru, Rathong, Nyukla Lachung, and Jannu Himal enveloping you is an excellent sight that you do not want to miss. Similarly, there is less chance of rainfall, so you can trek for long hours without worrying about slippery trails.

Could I get altitude sickness on this trek?

The highest point on this trek is at 4500m. At this elevation, there is a pretty high possibility of altitude sickness. However, we have designed the itinerary to make sure you maintain an ideal pace and get plenty of breaks. You should be able to follow the trek comfortably. In case you do experience any discomfort, our first-aid kit and our trained staff are fully equipped to take care of you.

Do I need any specific training before going on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is of a strenuous category. You can expect to be walking about 5-7 hours per day. Previous trekking experience will be useful when going on this trek. This trek requires you to ensure you are moderately healthy and living an active lifestyle. You will be trekking up to an elevation of 5143m.

We recommend preparing yourself well ahead of time with cardio-oriented activities from a couple of months ahead for your upcoming trek. You can indulge in activities, such as hiking, swimming, cycling, jogging, etc.

Do I need to buy travel insurance for this trek?

Yes. We recommend that you purchase insurance in your country before coming on this trek. Nepal Social Treks will only cover the insurance for our staff. We recommend you make sure that your insurance covers you for high altitude trekking.

Will there be extra porters available?

Porters are included in our trek package (1 porter per 2 trekkers). If you feel like you need a personal porter help for your bags as you want to focus on the trek and enjoy the view itself, we have got you covered. Typically, a porter can carry about 20kg in weight, which includes their own backpack as well.

Are there provisions for ATMs or credit cards during the trek?

There are plenty of ATM and credit card facilities available in Kathmandu. However, beyond that, when you venture into more remote villages and higher altitudes, these will be scarce to non-existent. We recommend you carry the necessary cash for any purchases in these areas. Additionally, we recommend that you exchange all your foreign currency into local cash. As we trek into these villages, you are unlikely to find many places that accept foreign currency.

Is it safe to drink tap water during this trek?

As you know, your health and safety is our number one priority. As such, we will ensure clean drinking water throughout the trek. Bottled water is also available for purchase, and all the tea houses on this Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek provide safe drinking water.

We strongly suggest you refrain from drinking tap water as it is likely that your stomach will not have adjusted to the local water just yet. For your safety, only drink bottled water or properly filtered water. Additionally, you should consider carrying water purifying tablets for proper safety.

Trekking Gear List

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a difficult trek. It will take you through uneven trails, inclines, and lush forests. It reaches elevations over 5000m, which has a high risk of altitude sickness. The weather, too, can be unpredictable. As such, it is in your own best interest to prepare yourself for any situation. With this in mind, we have drawn up the following list of trekking gear that you should consider packing:

Breathable trekking shirts, both half and full sleeves
Water and wind-resistant trekking trousers
Comfortable trekking shorts for walking in hot weather
At least one thermal layer for colder conditions
Breathable underwear
Waterproof jacket for unexpected rains
Light fleece jacket for warmer areas
High-quality down jacket in case of extreme weather conditions
Comfortable, worn-in hiking boots
Sandals for leisurely walking
High-quality hiking socks and thermal socks
Sun protection hat
Beanie or headband
Inner and Outer gloves
Good quality sleeping bag
Camera and portable chargers
UV protection sunglasses
Trekking poles
Trekking towels
Water bottle and water purification tablets
Any prescription medications
Spare batteries
Hand sanitizers, sunscreen, lip balm

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