Kanchenjunga North and South Trek - 23 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 23 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 2-10
  • Max. Altitude 5225 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November

Highlights

  • A scenic flight to and from Illam or Bhadrapur.
  • Trek one of the most pristine, off-the-beaten trekking trails to the east of Nepal in the Kanchenjunga Himalayas.
  • Indulge yourself in the rich culture and genuine hospitality of the Himalayan locals, such as Rai, Sherpa, Limbu, Tamang, Gurung, and Bhote, including that of Sherpa.
  • Cross at least two of the Kanchenjunga High Himalayan Passes, Mirgin La and Selele.
  • Conquer the north and south base camps of the third tallest mountain giant in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga.
  • Brilliant opportunity to come across the ethereal beauty of majestic Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Tent Peak, Jannu, Kabru, Jongsong, and many others.
  • Make your way through the thrilling rivers of Tamar and Ghunsa.
  • An incredible opportunity to watch the abundance of Kanchenjunga Trekking region in Himalayan flora and fauna including elusive species of snow leopard, blue sheep, tahr, red panda, and others.
  • Traverse through the magnificent glacial lakes, ponds, waterfalls, etc.

Kanchenjunga North and South Trek is an amazing trekking route in the Nepalese Himalayas that offers an adventurous journey to the two magnificent base camps of the world’s third highest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m). This hike is less crowded as compared to some of the other popular trekking trails in Nepal, such as the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Odyssey - 14 Days, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, or Langtang Valley Expedition, which provide a more remote and pristine Himalayan touch.

Also known as the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, the thrilling journey to Kanchenjunga North and South takes you to the lap of glorifying Mt. Kanchenjunga as you traverse through the stunning Kanchenjunga Conservation Area lying in the beautiful Arun Valley at the eastern part of Nepal as the border to Sikkim (India). This one of the highly protected lands offers never-ending varying landscapes, immersing culture, and stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Further, the Kanchenjunga North and South trekking trail, covering almost 220 km, is known for its abundance of unique flora and fauna, waterfalls, and water streams at a contrasting beauty of snow-capped peaks in the Upper Himalayas, inhabited by the diverse ethnic communities of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, Tamang, Gurung, and Bhote, along with the most admired natives of the Himalayas, Sherpa, for their excellent adaptation to the mountainous environment, adding much to the cultural and natural indulgement.

Hence the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime high-altitude raw Himalayan adventure offering a brief insight into the customary life in the Himalayas while trekkers and travelers mark victory over the south and north base camps of the third largest peak globally, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m) at an altitude of 5,515 m/17,090 ft and 5,364 m/17,598 ft, respectively.

What makes the journey to Kanchenjunga North and South an epic Himalayan Excursion?

The Kanchenjunga North and South Trek, the adventurous journey to Nepal’s second-highest peak and the third largest in the globe, is renowned for its remote and challenging routes, spectacular natural beauty, cultural and religious heritages, magical mountain views, swakiness in biodiversity, spiritual significance, legal complexity, and emphasis on environmental sustainability.

While Kanchenhinga is a mountain of sheer beauty, with its shimmering glaciers radiating from its summits showcasing its glories, the voyage here is best done with the native guides possessing a deeper knowledge of the region's culture, customs, and tradition, along with their profound familiarity with the route, adding much to the Kanchejung alpine rambling to be an epic nature and cultural excursion side by side as assured by:

The legendary mountain views on the way to North and South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga

The trek to Kanchenjunga North and South is noted for its splendor of mountain views, providing a chance to marvel at some of the most majestic and imposing snow-clad peaks in the Himalayas. From the towering mass of Kanchenjunga itself to the alluring and rugged peaks of Rathong, Jannu, and Kabru, the visual feast is unmatched as far as the eyesight can reach.

The hiking route to the North Base Camp of Kanchenjunga, or Pangpema, is mostly dominated by the awe-inspiring and close view of its massive north face, Jannu (Kumbhakarna), Wedge Peak, Tent Peak, and several other unmanned snow-capped ranges that add to the dramatic skyline as you move closer and closer to the North Base Camp.

While the quest to the South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga (Oktang) offers the panoramic grandeur of Kanchenjunga’s south face, followed by Rathong, Kabru Ranges, and Talung Peak, which come together with the pristine glaciers, this long and adventurous expedition to the Kanchenjunga North and South is a truly epic and unforgettable experience.

The spiritually cleansing route to the sacred mountain of Kanchenjunga

The Kanchenjunga is revered as a holy mountain by local communities, especially Rai and Limbhu, as the abode of the deity guarding the Kanchenjunga region, inspiring references and spiritual reflection among those journeying towards the circuit. Summiting the true peak of Kanchenjunga is yet restricted due to a promise made to Tashi Namgyal, the Chogyal of Sikkim, reflecting the cultural and religious importance of the mountain peak.

The route to the Kanchenjunga Circuit is remote and tranquil, far away from the chaotic modern life, offering ample opportunities for meditation and self-reflection, passing by several lakes and rivers believed to be divine by locals. Further, the trekking trail to the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp lets trekkers and travelers have a sensational encounter with various religious practices and cultural traditions, depending on the time of visit.

Therefore, the trekking voyage to Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps is considered to be spiritually healing, more than just a physically pleasing or challenging jaunting imbued with cultural and spiritual significance, along with a chance to connect with nature, engage in spiritual practices, and gain insight into the region’s treasure of cultural traditions, resulting in a transformative and enriching experience encouraging mindfulness and a broader perspective of life.

The untainted off-the-beaten Himalayan Trekking Route

The Upper Himalayas hiking route to the Kanchenjunga Circuit or North and South Base Camp boasts an off-beaten-path adventure. Located in a rural area in eastern Nepal, in proximity to the border with Sikkim, India, along with the trails, several unique characteristics set this trackaway apart from more popular Himalayan treks.

The trail passes through numerous isolated villages with limited infrastructure, featuring comparatively fewer tea houses, lodges, and amenities. In addition, the Kanchenjunga region is a restricted area, making it accessible to only a countable number of trekkers and travelers requiring special permits and the accompaniment of a registered guide or porter, which may add to the trek challenge but also to the authenticity.

Therefore, due to its remoteness, permit requirements, and demanding nature, the Kanchenjunga Circuit attracts fewer trekkers, guaranteeing less crowded trails, quieter campsites, and a more tranquil trekking experience, enhancing the sense of wilderness, raw Himayalan involvement, and personal connection with nature.

The ever-smiling and welcoming locals of the Himalayas

There is a famous saying: “People visit Nepal for the Himalayas but return for its local people” reason that trekkers, mountain climbers, and travelers consistently get to meet with the locals from the Himalayas with genuine warmth and hospitality, granting a home away from the home environment even during the high Himalayan expedition to the Kanchenjunga North and South.

The villages dotted along the Kanchenjunga Circuit primarily consist of Sherpas, Limbu, Rai, and other ethnic communities of Nepal known for their friendly and accepting nature despite the remote and often harsh living conditions in the Himalayas, giving you easy access to experience the authentic lifestyle and traditions of the Himalayan people as you get to spend nights in local lodges and tea houses opened by natives.

These tea houses not only provide you with a comfortable shelter but also the tales of the mountains, their lovers, and a glimpse into the villagers' daily lives. On the way to the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp, trekkers can enjoy traditional Nepali delicacies spiced up by a sense of community and generosity that transcends cultural barriers.

The challenge and adventure of reaching the North and South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga

The Himalayan trip to the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp is usually not recommended for the faint of heart. Both are situated at high altitudes, with the South Base Camp at around 5,143 m/16,870 ft and the North Base Camp at around 5,180 m/16,994 ft. Hiking to such an elevation poses significant challenges due to the decreased amount of oxygen that can cause altitude mountain sickness (AMS) or other altitude-related illnesses.

In addition to these, rugged terrain, high mountain passes, and unpredictable weather also present a formidable challenge, even for veteran mountaineers, climbers, and expeditors, demanding notable physical stamina, mental resilience, and thorough acclimatization.

Nonetheless, overcoming these challenges is extremely rewarding, adding much to the profound sense of achievement and adventure that may involve crossing glaciers, navigating through rocky terrain, and some steep ascends and descends, initiating the use of crampons, ice axes, and ropes during the adventuresome trek to the Kanchenjunga North and South.

The best 23 Days Itinerary for Kanchenjunga North and South Trek

The 23-day itinerary and route to the high Himalayan expedition to the Kanchenjunga North and South officially begins with an amazingly dare-devil flight from Kathmandu to Suketar or Bhadrapur and a drive to Taplejung after an exploration day in the Kathmandu Valley to appreciate remarkable UNESCO World’s Heritage Sites. Then onward you will make your way through several typical Sekathum, Amjilosa, Gyabla, Ghunsa, Kambachen, and Lhonak, ultimately to Pangempa, the north base camp of Kanchenjunga, at an altitude of 5,515 m/17,090 ft, which is also the highest elevation gain of the entire trip to the Kanchenjunga North and South.

The arrival at the north base camp now indicates the start of the second phase of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Tour to embark on the south base camp, otherwise called Ramche, requiring careful consideration of the route; hence, it is advised to follow the footsteps of your mountain guides, well trained for alpine rambling authorized by the Government of Nepal itself. Nonetheless, the second half, as per the 23-day trek itinerary and route to Kanchenjunga North and South, also provides you with an unparalleled experience that reaches the South Base Camp, Ramche from the North via Ghunsa, Selele Pass, and Tsaram.

From Tsaram, however, begins the retracing hike to the starting point of the overall pilgrimage to the North and South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga, Bhadrapur, which is also the voyage-ending spot with the maximum descending trek from Trongden, Yamaphudin, Khebang, and Hapu Khola to Illam, ensuring an unforgettable odyssey to the Kanchenjunga Himalayas with the perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural encounters in the most unspoiled and mysterious Nepalese Himalayas.

This 23-day itinerary at an affordable package cost with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks guarantees a well-balanced ascent to the Kanchenjunga North and South; therefore, it is considered the best and ideal route to traverse the region, allowing ample acclimatization, logistical management, and enhanced trekking involvement to be a must-do during the holidays.

In addition, this trail is also regarded as best for minimizing the risks associated with altitude and fatigue, crafting a more holistic and rewarding adventure. If you prefer a more personalized itinerary, contact us now. We are at your service 24/7.

Kanchenjunga North and South 23 Day Hike Cost

Generally, the cost of a 23-day Kanchenjunga North and South Trek ranges anywhere from USD 2,320 to USD 2,075 with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks covering the expenses of crucial pilgrimage logistics such as permits, food, accommodations, Nepalese staff, including government-licensed guides and porters, the necessary alpine hiking equipment, and the necessities for your mountain trip partner, along with their travel insurance.

Regardless, with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, you can achieve the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp summit at special group discounts with trek members including more than 10 individuals, which for now is at the standard price of:

  • USD 2,320 for 1 pax
  • USD 2,175 for 2-3 pax
  • USD 2,125 for 4-6 pax, and
  • USD 2075 for 6-10 pax

Contact us now for a more sorted budget plan and itinerary to embark on several beautiful Himalayan corners of the world, specifically forged to meet your needs and preferences catering to your niche area.

Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at TIA, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel by our airport representative. In the evening, you will be briefed on your upcoming trip to Kanchenjunga North and South over dinner by your mountain guide.

They will also help you with last-minute preparation and packing; therefore, they will make sure all of your queries are answered by then.

  • AccommodationThree-Star-Hotel
  • MealsComplimentary-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,400m

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is home to several notable Hindu and Buddhist monuments, including at least seven of the UNESCO world heritage sites you will be visiting to gain insight into the cultural, religious, and historical landmarks of the country.

After a memorable guided tour, the day ends at the three-star hotel to check for necessary equipment and rest for the night before you officially begin to follow in the footsteps of your guides towards the Kanchenjunga Himalayas.

  • AccommodationThree-Star-Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,400m

From Kathmandu, you will board an early morning flight to Bhadrapur and take a scenic drive to Taplejung, or fly over to Taplejung based on the weather of the day and the service you have chosen.

Nonetheless, for those directly flying over to Taplejung, you will have the rest of the day for sightseeing; just call it the day in a locally available comfortable lodge.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,059m

The day begins early to ride a private jeep, local bus, or car to Tapethok, which takes about 3–4 hours. On registering for the visit to the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area at the checkpoint, you will trek through terraced fields, tiny villages, and dense forests along the bank of the Tamor River, passing by Pembu and eventually making it to Sekathum.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,640m

The embarking begins after morning breakfast at Sekathum to arrive at Amjilosa for the night, which might take approximately 5 hours to move through the flat land initially, which is a steep uphill climb marking the arrival at Amjilasa.

The route of the day passes through a thrilling gorge leading to a small rural village with yak herds and local tea shops known as “Bhattis” to later spend the night in the evening.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,510m

The trekking path of the day is pleasurable as you walk through rhododendron forests and past waterfalls towards Gyabla from Amjilosa in 5–6 hours, and lastly, stay overnight in local teahouses and lodges.

The usually fluttering prayer flags en route to the destination of the day showcase the rich Buddhist culture of the region along with coming across some of the other notable monuments connecting to Buddhism.

  • AccommodationTea-House
  • MealsAll-Three-Meals
  • Max. Altitude2,730m

This day, you will enter the Tibetan-influenced village of Ghunsa, traversing the thickest jungles, with chances of spotting a wide array of Himalayan wildlife involving some of the elusive species.

The day trek ends at the traditional settlement of Himalayan natives at Ghnusa, with many people engaged in import and export business in Tibet during other seasons and in India during winter.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,695m

It takes about 6 and a half hours to reach Khambachen (4099m) from Ghunsa. 

It is a slightly tougher hike day than previous days, with gradual ascents along the Ghunsa Khola/River crossing a flood plain and Rambuk Kharka that further passes by cascading waterfalls and uneven, steep slopes demanding careful navigation.

The trail then drops significantly to the single locked hut at Lakep and gradually moves to Kambachen, serving as the treasure mine and fascinating everyone with its unique art and architecture.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsFull-Meal-Courses
  • Max. Altitude4,099m

Acclimatization is key to the most fulfilling Himalayan journey to the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp Odyssey to reduce the chances of acute mountain sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness, for which you will have a complete day to let yourself adapt to the mountainous surroundings.

For better acclimatization, you can take a guided side trip to Jannu Base Camp (4,400m) or explore nearby high ridges with panoramic views to spend the nights at a relatively lower altitude than what you hiked in the morning at Kambachen.

  • AccommodationComfortable-Tea-House
  • MealsAll-Three-Meals
  • Max. Altitude4,099m

The ascent towards the North Base Camp continues through the rugged boulder fields and farms along the riverbank to Ramtang, from where you will head to take blessings at the nearby Ramtang Monastery.

Thereafter, you will cross a small, landslide-prone area before finally arriving at Lhonak, the last human settlement on the outskirts of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, along with gorgeous mountains.

  • AccommodationComfortable-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,785m

One of the major highlights of the journey to the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps is when you will hike to the north base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga, ascending simultaneously and following the moraine.

On this special day, you will pass the beautiful alpine treelines at first ascendingly and then descendingly through grassy routes at last to Lhonak, which nonetheless grants the most captivating peak sights, which are feasible only from Pangpema.

  • AccommodationCozy-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,143m

From Lhonak, you will retrace the route to Ghunsa, from where you would move forth to Selele Pass and Tsaram, ultimately to the Kanchenjunga South, which is mostly a descending path along the dense forests with varying vegetation and fauna.

The lovely yeak pasture adds much to the natural beauty of the day trek where you get to encounter several typical wooden bridges, prayer flags, and mani walls back and forth until marking arrival at Ghunsa for the overnight.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsAll-Three-Meals
  • Max. Altitude4,785m

From the camping site near Mirgin La Pass, you will begin ascending uphill one more time through the lush forests of rhododendron and oak, with spectacular views of various mountains rewarding you with each step you take to Selele Pass from Ghunsa.

By the end of the day, you would have already made it to Selele Kharkha to enjoy the much-needed nutritious Tibetan-to-traditional Nepali dish, passing by several rivers and cascades formed by the direct melting of ice moving continuously through Tamo La Pass.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,043m

It is yet another trekking day that begins earlier, with a first ascent to Sinon La (4,660m) and later on another pass at an altitude of 4,700 m, offering incredible views of Jannu, Makalu, Sikkim, and Ratong.

Before reaching the Tsaram, you will experience a steep downhill walk towards Simbhu Khola Valley by afternoon. You will use the rest of the day to visit Ramche village and the Yalung glacier leading to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,043m

Following the loose, rugged path at the bank of the river and climbing through some mani wall stones carved with Buddhist prayers, Rathong, Kabru Dome at the valley head, and Yalung Glacier Moraine, the trail of the day finally takes you to Ramche in the south foothills of Kanchenjunga.

Make sure to watch out for herds of blue sheep as you walk through the turquoise lake and verdant meadow.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsAll-Three-Meals
  • Max. Altitude5,225m

As you are retracing the earlier trek day route, the downward hike towards Tsaram from Ramche should be pleasing both scenically and physically, enjoying the greatest Himalayan views along the way.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,225m

Following breakfast at the local lodge or tea house, you will descend to Torongden, viewing the glorifying peaks of Jannu and others that involve passing through the mesmerizing juniper jungle on the loose and rocky path to be cautious of.

The trackway of the day consists of several suspension bridges concluding at Torongden, observing Mani walls and prayer flags dancing with the cold breeze of the Himalayas over the trees.

  • AccommodationTea-House
  • MealsAll-Three-Meals
  • Max. Altitude3,725m

The trek to Yamphudin is a 7-8 hours downhill hike through mixed forests and terraced fields farmed by the diverse Himalayan communities of Nepal Limbu, Sherpas, Gurung, and Rai.

Depending upon the season the villages of these ethnic communities feature lovely rice and corn fields along with schools, shops, and comfortable lodging at Yamphudin at last.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,995m

The trail of the day first descends through Omje Khola and then ascends through a jungle full of cardamom and orchids, venturing through remote villages and terraced farmlands dotted in between.

A steep ascent takes you to Khebang Danda, one of the significant Hindu and Buddhist villages of the Kanchenjunga Trekking region.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsAll-Three-Meals
  • Max. Altitude2,090m

The descending trek continues from Khebang to Hapu Khola, making its way through Jorepul, from where you will observe an ascending trail for a while, heading to the flat and low land to cross the paddy fields and thatched roof houses.

On the way, you will get to experience the unspoiled Himalayan culture by walking past several traditional villages to get some snacks or lunch, finally stopping at Khebang for an overnight.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,910m

After a morning breakfast, you will get to have an insight into the local life one more time as you ride a local bus to Illam from Hapu Khola. The greenery, fresh smell of tea leaves, and roaring of the nearby river add much to the thrill of the day to spend a comfortable night at Illam, enjoying a variety of dishes from local to international.

  • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,400m

You are almost at the end of the 23-day trek package to Kanchenjunga North and South Camp, marked by the airlift from Illam or Bhadrapur early in the morning, as the weather in the afternoon tends to be much more unpredictable.

Nonetheless, it would be pleasing to stroll around the most happening town of Kathmandu, Thamel, to get some souvenirs and enjoy the celebratory dinner hosted by Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks in the evening.

  • AccommodationTea-House
  • MealsBreakfast-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,400m

According to the 23-day itinerary for an alpine rambling to the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp, this is the day when you will bid farewell to Nepal. However, if you wish to explore the Himalayas further, we gladly present to you the 15-day Annapurna Circuit Trek, Everest Base Camp, and Gokyo Lakes with Three High Passes, granting you an equally gratifying experience.

  • Accommodation1,400m
  • MealsBreakfast

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Route Map
Kanchenjunga North and South Trek - 23 Days Map
What's Included
Includes
  • ​​​19 nights and 20 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu airport to Taplejung, and Hapu Khola to Ilam by jeep, Ilam to Bhadrapur and back to Kathmandu by flight 
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters(porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Kanchenjunga National Park permit and Kanchenjunga restricted area permit 
  • Three nights’ accommodation with 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Farewell dinner with Nepal cultural dance in Kathmandu
  • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket, first aid kit, oximeter, map, etc.)
  • Tent, mattress, and other supplies in case guest houses are full or there are no guest houses
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt

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Excludes
  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
  • International flight
  • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Hot shower during trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
Dates and Prices
Date PriceAvailability 
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 22, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayAug 13, 2024PricePriceUS$2175StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 29, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayAug 20, 2024PricePriceUS$2175StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

Who can for this, 23-day Kanchenjunga North and South Himalayan expedition?

The Kanchenjunga North and South Trek, or the Kanchenjunga Circuit Voyage, is taken as a moderately graded journey to the remote Himalayas of Nepal that is yet to be exposed to mass tourism in the country, accessible to all physically fit and mentally determined trekkers and travelers with some prior preparation.

Although this long, high-altitude excursion is usually preferred by more experienced trekkers, mountaineers, and climbers possessing a greater level of physical fitness, previous trek experience at highly elevated realms, and unswayed willpower, the Kanchenjunga North and South Trek is considered a fantastic destination for everyone looking forward to unwinding themselves in the Himalayas, whether they are adventure enthusiasts, nature and culture lovers, photographers, or naturalists.

Do you need permits to embark on the Kanchenjunga North and South?

Without a doubt, like any other trekking region of Nepal, such as the Everest Hiking Region, Annapurna Zone, Manaslu Region, and others, the Kanchenjunga Himalayas also asks for compulsory permits and an entrance fee to perform any sort of recreational or adventure activities in the area, which are the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) and the Special Restricted Area Permit (SRAP), which any reputed travel, treks, and tour operators such as Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks would have prearranged for you on purchasing one of the best suitable packages leading to the Kanchenjunga North and South.

When is the best time to do Kanchenjunga North and South Trek?

Commonly, the spring and autumn spanning from September, October, November, March, April, and May are noted for relatively clear skies, stable weather conditions, favorable hiking routes, and excellent visibility of the surrounding Himalayas without having to deal with frequent snow and rain falls in winter and monsoon or summer.

Nature at these times also appeases you as you get to walk through the full bloom of wildflowers dominated by the vibrant rhododendron, pine, and juniper swarmed with nectar-loving bees and butterflies during the spring, while autumn is usually taken into consideration for mild walking temperatures, shading leaves of the varieties of flora, and unobstructed views of the snow-capped peaks.

What are foods and accommodations like en route to the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

The trekking route to Kanchenjunga North and South is usually fused with numerous tea houses and local lodges opened to host passersby, including hikers, travelers, and trekkers, offering basic accommodations with shared rooms, a common dining hall, and bathrooms along with double beds, clean blankets, and mattresses as bedding.

These tea houses also provide basic Nepali and Tibetan dishes with some international menus in the lower region, such as porridge, soups, and noodles, which can be limited in the higher altitude areas to local cuisines. They also offer boiled water for refilling sometimes as a complement, mostly at some extra cost.

To sum it up, while the accommodations and food options along the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek can be more basic and get restricted as compared to some other trekking routes, they are still comfortable, nourishing, and filling, which goes the same for other modern amenities such as hot showers, network connectivity, and electronic device charging that may charge you additionally.

Therefore, it is advisable to purchase local Ncell or NTC SIM cards from the capital city to connect with your loved ones whenever you receive stable connections en route to the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps.

Why must get trekking guides, porter, and travel insurance for the Himalayan trip to Kanchenjunga North and South?

Although it is not mandatory to hire guides and porters to go voyaging to the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp as long as you are not traveling alone to the route as per the banning of free individual trekkers in Nepal from April 1st, 2023, they have been proven to be an essential trek and tour companion in upgrading the overall Himalayan expedition.

A professional guide and porter licensed by the Government of Nepal helps you navigate relatively unfamiliar Himalayan trails safely, providing critical advice in case of emergency along with insider insight into the local culture, traditions, and natural wonders, and explaining the significance of various landmarks, flora, and fauna.

Similarly, guides also help you bridge the linguist barrier, followed by effective route planning consisting of varying degrees of difficulty where the travel insurance provides you with an economical backup against unforeseen circumstances that covers emergency air evaluations in need.

Client Reviews
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    Mr. Rana picked me up from the airport in Kathmandu and took me to the Hotel Kailash Kutee in Thamel. The room at the hotel was very nice, breakfast on the 7th floor on the terrace and Thamel with all facilities right outside the door. Perfect base camp in Kathmandu!
    The first day was spent recovering from jet lag and sightseeing. I could use Rana's car for this, his driver took me from the hotel to Boudhanath stupa and Swayambhunath temple and waited for me there respectively. This was of course much more pleasant than looking for cabs myself and negotiating the price with the drivers.
    There were no other participants for the trek to Kanchenjunga in the mid of November, so I got a private tour there, which was overall very well organized. Round trip flight to Badhrapur, jeep rides and accommodation was planned and booked by Adventure Himalayan Travels & Treks or my porter guide, it all went smoothly. The Kanchenjunga tour is not yet as touristy as Everest or Annapurna, but one experience the original Nepal. The trekking was super nice (also exhausting) and I will always keep it in best memory.
    After returning from trekking, I had booked 2 additional days at the hotel. Again, I could use Rana's car including driver, who drove me 40 km southeast to the Namo Buddha monastery (one of the absolute highlights in the Kathmandu Valley) and to Bhaktapur to visit the city center.
    Conclusion: I needed time flexibility for my trekking, had special wishes regarding sightseeing and duration of my vacation. Adventure Himalayan Travels & Treks organized all this very well, I can absolutely recommend this agency.
    The trekking to Kanchenjunga was my third tour in Nepal (after Everest and Annapurna) and I will definitely come back, there are many other beautiful paths to hike (Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Makalu, Langtang, Mustang, …).

    J
    JensGermany,Nov 22, 2022
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  • Kanchenjunga North and South Trek - 23 Days

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    I went to Kanchenjunga Circuit trek in April 2019 with my friends and we overall had a wonderful time. This trek was amazing, wonderful view, unique land escape, marvelous mountains and yeah very good people . I enjoyed this wholly as this was my first time in Kanchenjunga region which provided me the great time trekking and hiking exploring this untouched landscape of Nepal. Our Guide and porters were flexible, helpful and experienced. The trek wouldn't be possible without them.I would like to thank Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks and Rana sir for organizing such a great trekking in Nepal. I would recommend Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks 100%.

    Jon
    JonCanada,Aug 02, 2019

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