Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Highlights
- Close view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world,
- Trekking through the traditional villages and the less crowded hiking trails
- Experiencing and Exploring the Unique culture and traditions of the Rai and Limbu Community
- Crossing the High Mountain passes such as Sele La and Sinelapche La,
- Exploring the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which is home to many flora, fauna, and different species of birds,
- Seeing /witnessing the rare and endangered animals such as Red Panda, Snow Leopard, and Ghoral
- Trekking and exploring through the dense forest of Rhododendrons, Oak, and Bamboo,
- Passing through the Tamur River and exploring the beauties of the mountain ranges
- Witnessing the sunrise and sunset views on the top of the Mountains
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a popular and challenging trek that takes you on the lap of the third-highest peak in the world, Mount.Kanchenjunga (8,586m) above the sea level. The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is located in the far-eastern belt of Nepal near the border of India and Tibet and offers a wide beautiful mesmerizing view of the mountain ranges.
Typically, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek starts from Kathmandu – with 45 minutes of Flight to Bhadrapur Airport and a drive to Taplejung. The trail follows the Tamur River through the beautiful forest of Rhododendrons, Oak, and Bamboo and passes through the traditional villages inhabited by the ethics group of Rai and Limbu communities.
As we gain altitude, the landscape changes to alpine and rocky terrain, which offers beautiful stunning views of the snow-capped mountain ranges such as Kangchenjunga, Yalung Kang, and Jannu.
During your trek, the trail will pass through high altitude passes, and glaciers and you will also gain an opportunity to encounter rare and endangered wildlife animals such as Red Panda, Snow leopard, and Himalayan Black Bear.
The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek can be done in 20-25 days and requires good physical fitness and mental well-preparedness to overcome all the situations in the mountains.
The highest point of the Kanchenjunga circuit Trek is Pang Pema Base Camp at an elevation of 5,143m above sea level. It also offers you breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga Massif.
During your trek, you will also be passing via the Kanchenjunga conservation area which is home to different species of flora and fauna and also birds over 250 species are found in the Kanchenjunga region.
What is Included in Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?
- Kathmandu- Bhadrapur – Kathmanduby round trip flight ticket
- Bhadrapur- Taplejung – Bhadrapur by Bus
- The best available lodge accommodation during the trek is twin-sharing
- All standard meals full board with tea/ coffee (Lunches, Dinners, and Breakfasts) during the trek
- Government licensed holder Blue Lake Adventure experienced trek Guide and porter ( Every two trekkers 1 Porter Carry 11 kg Baggage
- Guide and porter include their salary, meals, lodging, and insurance
- Guide, Porter Transportation from Pokhara- Jomsom- Pokhara
- Water purification tablets for safe drinking water during the
- Permit for Kanchenjunga trek
- (TIMS) card Trekkers Information Management System
- Everyday Seasonal Fruits
- Down Jackets, Sleeping Bag, Blue Lake Adventure T-Shirt, and Kanchenjunga Circuit map ( Down jacket and Sleeping bag to be returned after the trek )
- Medical Kits
- All Nepal Government taxes and office expenses
- Rescue operations in case of complicated in funded by travel insurance
- Blue Lake Adventure Certificate after the successful trek
- Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
- International Flights ticket
- Nepal Entry visa fee
- Visa Cost on Arrival in International Airport Kathmandu (15 Days, $ 25- $30 30 Days – $40-50, and 90 days- $100-110)
- Extra luggage (limit is 12 kg per trekker)
- All Accommodation and meals before and after the journey in Kathmandu
- Lunch and dinner in Pokhara and Kathmandu
- Personal Expenses (Snacks, ( tea/ Coffee) cold drinks, Alcohol, boiled water Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery re- Charge, telephone call, and extra porter
- Personal Gear and clothes
- Personal Trekking equipment
- Tips, Guide, Porter, Restaurant, Driver
- Additional Costs like delays caused due to circumstances beyond our control, for example- itinerary modification, change of government policy, Strikes, illness landslide, etc
Altitude and Terrain in Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek passes through the dense forest and alpine with a maximum height of 5,106 m above sea level. The trek starts from 600 m and starts to ascend to 5,106 m in the high mountains. While the trekkers need to be physically fit and mentally prepared to do the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.
The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek passes through the diverse terrain from the subtropical to the Alpine landscapes in the mountains. The trail passes through traditional and beautiful villages and water streams, gorges, and Hills. while it is important for all trekkers to be physically fit and mentally prepared to tackle the changes in Terrain.
Essential Gears and Equipment
While Trekking to the High altitude in the Kanchenjunga region it is more important to pack the proper gear and equipment for the trekking in the High altitude of Kanchenjunga Region.
The following gear and equipment should be carried with you during the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek:
- Backpack (BAGS): Pack a high-quality backpack that can hold at least 35 to 45 liters of gear and supplies is essential.
- Trekking Boots: High-quality hiking boots or trail running shoes, ideally with plenty of support and traction, are a must for rough terrain.
- Sleeping Bag: Comfortable sleeping gear is required for overnight stays at the trail’s teahouses.
- Tent: A tent that is both lightweight and durable is an absolute necessity if you enjoy camping.
- Clothing: Due to the unpredictability of the weather, you should bring warm layers, a waterproof jacket, and quick-drying clothes.
- First Aid Kit: Band-aids, pain relievers, and antiseptic wipes are just some of the essentials that should be included in a first-aid kit.
- Water Bottle: Keep yourself hydrated by packing at least a couple of water bottles and, if possible, a water purification system.
- Snacks and Chocolate: High-energy snacks, like energy bars, trail mix, and dried fruits, are essential for sustaining you on the trail.
- Google Maps and Compass: In the event that the weather turns bad, you will need a good map and compass to find your way.
- Trash Bags: Use trash bags, and remember to empty them before you leave. Garbage bags are helpful for transporting trash from one location to another.
- Sunscreen Cream: Sunscreen is crucial for skin protection, especially at higher altitudes, where the sun is more intense.
Best Season for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Trekking in the Mountains will be better in the seasons of Autumn( September to November) and Spring (March To May).
During the Autumn season, there will be no rainfall and the weather will be a warm and cozy environment to trek in the mountains. The mountains will open up closely with better views of the Mountain ranges. This season is known as the peak trekking season while on the trail you will meet many trekkers from different nationalities.
The spring season is the time to bloom the flowers and the greenery in the forest with the good voices of the birds and the animals. This is the best time for those who wish to explore the different species of flowers found in the Kanchenjunga region of Nepal.
It is also possible to trek also in the winter season as well but it might be difficult with the heavy snowfall in the mountains. You may trek with the proper gear and equipment in the region and also hire a good and experienced guide for navigation.
Permits during the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
The following Permits should be issued while trekking to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek :
Restricted Area Permit(RAP)
The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is a restricted area so you need to issue a Restricted area permit to enter the Conservation area. While the cost of Permits to enter varies on the trekking season or off-season. It costs USD 10 per person per week during the peak trekking season and USD 5 per person per week during the off-season.
Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP)
As while trekking to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek you need to issue Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Entrance Fee permits. The Permits are available in the office of the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.
Trekkers Information Management system (TIMS CARD)
The TIMS card is also required while commencing your trek to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. It costs USD 10 per person.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Cost
The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a popular and challenging trekking trail in the Kanchenjunga region that offers a wide opportunity to explore the mixture of natural beauty, cultural diversity, stunning mountain ranges, waterfalls, and traditional villages. While the cost may depend upon the various factors which determine the cost of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.
The major cost of the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is as follows:
- Nepal Visa: Firstly, while entering Nepal you need to pay certain amounts to the Department of Immigration to enter Nepal which cost USD 10,20,30 respectively as per the visa norms and conditions of the trekkers traveling in Nepal.
- Permit Fees: While trekking to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek you need to issue a Special Permit to enter the restricted area in the Kanchenjunga region which costs around USD $100 per person per week and additionally USD $15 for each day. You also need to get ACAP permits to enter the Kanchenjunga Entrance point which costs around USD $15.
- Guide and Porters: Hiring a guide and porter is recommended for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek as the trail can be challenging and remote. The cost of hiring a guide can range from US $25 to US $35 per day, while a porter can cost around US $20 to US $25 per day.
- Transportation: The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek starts and ends in the town of Taplejung, which is around a 9-hour drive from Bhadrapur Airport. The cost of transportation can vary depending on whether you hire a private jeep or take a public bus. Private transportation can cost around US $200 to US $300, while a public bus can cost around US $10 to US $20.
- Accommodation: You will need to stay in tea houses or lodges along the trekking route, which offer basic accommodation and meals. The cost of accommodation can range from US $5 to US $20 per night, depending on the season and location. Meals can cost around US $5 to US $10 per meal.
- Food and Drinks: The Food and drinks during the trek to Kanchenjunga trek depend upon the food you wish to consume and the location of the Tea house and Lodges also vary the cost of Meal which cost around USD $ 10 for typical Nepali cuisine Dal Bhat and many more as per your choice.
- Equipment and Gears: You will need to bring appropriate trekking gear and equipment for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, such as a good-quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, and warm clothing. The cost of these items can vary depending on their quality and brand.
Accommodation on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a thrilling trekking destination that takes you through the beautiful scenic views of the snow-capped Himalayas.
The following accommodation service you may get during the trek to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek:
- Tea house: Tea Houses are small lodges that provide basic accommodation to the trekkers along the trail to the Mountains. The price may vary as depending on the location of the Guest house and the Lodge. Mainly the guest house and lodge provide a shared bathroom with cozy and comfortable bedrooms. Though some of them provide attached bathrooms as well.
- Camping: Camping is for those who love to go for more adventure in the mountains. For this, all the equipment and the tents should be carried with you all over the trekking destinations.
- Homestays: Homestays are getting more popular in Nepal in this modern world. You may experience the local culture and learn about the unique culture and traditions of the local community in the traditional villages.
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