Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Trekking in one of the most dangerous and risky trekking trails of our country is a lifetime dream to all the trekkers and mountaineers of the world. Kanchenjunga Circuit is especially designed for those trekkers and mountaineers who wish to trek on one of the most challenging trekking trails of the world and want to do the sightseeing of the highest mountain ranges of the world. One should need a good physical stamina and good trekking experience to reach to the base camp of this beautiful mountain.

Kanchenjunga Circuit offers the visitors with an opportunity to do the sightseeing of some of the highest mountain ranges of our country such as Everest (World’s highest mountain), Annapurna, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga West, also known as Yalung Kang, Kambachen (7,903m), Jannu (7,710m), Jongsong (7,483m), Kabru (7,353m), Tent Peak (7,365m) and the Twins (7,350m). We will also be exploring the unique culture and lifestyle of people living in this region since many years. Sightseeing of the wide variety of flora and fauna found in this region is also another major attraction of this trek. As we know, Mt. Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest mountain, this trek will definitely be one of the most adventurous and thrilling treks of your entire life.

This mighty journey starts with the sightseeing of some of the famous places of the capital city of our country. We will then take a short flight to Bhadrapur and then another chartered flight will take us to Suketar which will be the starting point of our trek. We will then drive to Taplejung and start our trek and reach Phurbu. Trekking ahead will take us to Cherwa, Sekathum and then finally to Ghunsa. We will continue further and then reach to the base camp where we will do the sightseeing of the majestic Himalayas of our country.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu:
Day 02 Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:
Day 03 Kathmandu to Biratnagar:
Day 04 Biratnagar to Suketar and then to Mitlung:
Day 05 Mitlung to Chirwa:
Day 06 Chirwa to Sekathum:
Day 07 Sekathum to Amjilosa:
Day 08 Amjilosa to Gybala:
Day 09 Gybala to Ghunsa:
Day 10 Rest day at Ghunsa:
Day 11 Ghunsa to Kambachen:
Day 12 Kambachen to Lhonak:
Day 13 Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp:
Day 14 Rest day at Kanchenjunga Base camp:
Day 15 Base Camp to Kambachen:
Day 16 Kambacen to Ghunsa to Phale:
Day 17 Phale to Amjilosa:
Day 18 Amjilosa to Chirwa:
Day 19 Chirwa to Linkhim:
Day 20 Suketar to Kathmandu:

 

  • Day 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu:

    This will be the first day of our trekking journey. After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to our hotel via private vehicle. We will rest for some time and then begin the sightseeing of the capital city of our country. At evening, you will be welcomed with a typical Nepali food at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at Hotel.

    2 Hours 5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 02

    Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:

    After an early morning breakfast, you will do the sightseeing of some of the famous places of Kathmandu valley. You will be transferred to many places of Kathmandu with our private vehicle which includes Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambunath Stupa, Bouddanath Stupa and other many famous places of Kathmandu. At evening, you will meet your fellow trekking mates and then we will have a short briefing about the journey in our office. An evening stroll at Thamel and Durbarmarg will give you much energy which will help you at the trek. Overnight at Hotel.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 03

    Kathmandu to Biratnagar:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will take a scenic flight to Biratnagar. After reaching Biratnagar, you will be transferred to the hotel and then you will have an option either to stay ta the hotel and rest or do the sightseeing of this busy city. Overnight at Hotel.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 04

    Biratnagar to Suketar and then to Mitlung:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will take another short flight to Suketar which will be the starting point of our trek. After reaching Suketar, we will take some rest and then start our trekking journey and trek to Mitlung. We will trek through the sub-tropical rain forest and then trek via the ethnic Kirati’s and Gurung’s village to reach Mitlung. Overnight at Mitlung.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 05

    Mitlung to Chirwa:

    On today’s day, we will be trekking through some deep sub-tropical forests and then from an ancient Gurung village, we will slowly climb the trail upwards. This region is the ancient home of authentic Kirati and Gurung people. Trekking ahead will take us to Tawa and then we will trek through some more ancient villages. Overnight at Chirwa.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 06

    Chirwa to Sekathum:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will trek ahead and then the valley starts to broaden and also the landscapes changes relatively. Crossing the Sisuwa khola will take us to Tapethok which is also known as the entrance gate for Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. We will then cross a suspension bridge above the Simbuwa Khola. Trekking ahead will take us to Sekathum. Overnight at Sekathum.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 07

    Sekathum to Amjilosa:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will start our trekking and trek ahead through the northern bank of Ghunsa Khola. We will trek through the deep and dense rhododendron forests and reach to the ancient villages. Trekking ahead will take us to Amjilosa which is an ancient settlement influenced by Tibetan lifestyle and culture. Overnight at Amjilosa.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 08

    Amjilosa to Gybala:

    Today’s trek will be a short and less tiring trek. The trail leads through the dense forests of bamboo, oak, birch and rhododendron trees. Trekking ahead through a steep cliff and an easy climb will take us to Gybala. Overnight at Gybala.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 09

    Gybala to Ghunsa:

    Today’s trail passes through the bamboo and oak forests and then the trail drops steeply down. One can easily notice that the forest now gradually changes into alpine Himalayan fir and rhododendron forests. Trekking ahead will take us to Phale and then there is an ancient wooded gompa with several statues, thangkas and chortens. We will drop down and then we will enter into the village of Ghunsa. Overnight at Ghunsa.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 10

    Rest day at Ghunsa:

    Today will be our rest day at Ghunsa. This village is an attractive Tibetan village and is one of the beautiful villages of Kanchenjunga region. We will visit the Khampa Dzong monastery and then hike up to Yamatri Khola. Overnight at Ghunsa.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 11

    Ghunsa to Kambachen:

    The trail leads through the north of Ghunsa where we will trek through the dense juniper forests. We will cross a sandy, boulder-strewn path and then reach at Rambuk Kharka. We can clearly see that the vegetation is rapidly changing and the land is more barren in this altitude. Trekking ahead will take us to Kambachen. Overnight at Kambachen.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 12

    Kambachen to Lhonak:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will start our today’s trek and then we will trek through a stony river. Beyond is the snout of Kanchenjunga glacier. We will climb up and then drop to the riverbed of Ghunsa Khola. Trekking ahead will take us to Lhonak. Overnight at Khonak.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 13

    Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp:

    Today is one of the special days of our trek as we will be trekking to the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. This will be a challenging climb and we will trek via the rocky trail to reach the base camp. One can do the sightseeing of some of the highest mountain ranges of the world form the base camp. Overnight at base camp.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 14

    Rest day at Kanchenjunga Base camp:

    We will today fully rest at the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga and then do the sightseeing of some of the highest mountain ranges of the world. We will enjoy the exotic views of mountain ranges and we will get charmed with the thrilling scenarios of landscapes from the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 15

    Base Camp to Kambachen:

    The return journey from Pang Pema to Lhonak will be fairly slow, but beyond that the route is almost all downhill and thus Kambachen can easily be reached in a day. There are great views to enjoy. Overnight at Kambachen.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 16

    Kambacen to Ghunsa to Phale:

    Retrace the path down to Ghunsa, for lunch. Look out for pheasants in the forest. Cross the river below the village and continue downstream beside the Ghunsa Khola, through forest and farmland, to the Tibetan summer grazing village of Phale. Visit the wooden gompa. Overnight at Phale.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 17

    Phale to Amjilosa:

    The trail, through forests of rhododendron, conifer, birch and oak, continues down the valley, dropping to cross numerous tributaries to the last of the Tibetan villages at Gyabla. It then undulates on down to Amjilosa. Overnight at Amjilosa.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 18

    Amjilosa to Chirwa:

    After the waterfall beyond the village, the path begins to descend fairly steeply to Sekathum: at the confluence of the Ghunsa and Tamur Kholas. The path then follows the western bank of the Tamur Khola and soon crosses the suspension bridge over the Simbuwa Khola that flows in from the Yarlung Glacier.  An afternoon’s walk leads to the riverside campsite a ¼hrs walk before the cluster-village of Chirwa. Overnight at Chirwa

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 19

    Chirwa to Linkhim:

    From Chirwa, leave the river trail and follow the trail that climbs above the east bank of the Tamor Khola to the hamlet at Thiwa (an exit point from the KCA). It then climbs high above the houses of Tawa, over a ridge before dropping into a side canyon to cross the Tawa Khola before climbing back to the ridge. It then passes above the hamlet of Malbanse before reaching Linkhim. Overnight at Linkhim

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)
  • Day 20

    Suketar to Kathmandu:

    After breakfast, board an early morning flight to Biratnagar and later an onward flight to Kathmandu from where you will be driven to your hotel. Afternoon free.

    5,388 m/17,673 ft Hotel , teahouses and camps(tents)

Include

  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3/4/5 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Your destination map.
  • Both ways domestic Flights with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder Climbing guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Permit
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.

Exclude

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • equipment / Gears
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, Water )
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment’s.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

 

Equipments list

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Health Insurance

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Usefull Info

Important Note and Optional Activities: We, at Pikey Paradise trek are always concerned about the safety of our clients while travelling with us. Just be sure that your trek leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of itinerary if it is necessary for the safety concerns. We will work and put every effort to keep the above itinerary as it is but as we are travelling in the remote and isolated areas od mountainous region, we can’t guarantee it! Some of the major factors of changing the itinerary are the health of clients and also the extreme weather conditions. Our trek leader will try to do their best as to run according to the plan on the trip but we personally recommend to be prepared for the changes in itinerary if necessary. You will be informed if there will be changes in the itinerary by your trek leader. Your trek leader will assist you with information about your options but please note that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary and our makes no representation about the safety of the activity. We recommend to use your own judgements when choosing any optional activities in your free time.

Acclimatization:

Trekking itinerary of Pikey Paradise is designed with a high degree of minimization of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We won’t be going to the higher altitudes too fast as it causes a serious medical condition which may lead to death. The higher the altitude the less oxygen there is in air. On the height above 5000m in mountain ranges, oxygen level drops low at more than 50%. Human body need to adapt at this attitude so we will take acclimatization and rest days on some of the points of our trek. We recommend to the clients who are suffering from heart and lung disease to consult with their doctor before being a part of the journey. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS but it is important to remember, some people can be more susceptible than others.

Trek leader and Staff Arrangements:

We, at Pikey Paradise firmly believe that if you want to get the most of the output from your staffs, you must treat them well. We also believe that a happy staff is a hard-working staff. We extremely believe in these things and also try our best to maintain a good relationship with our staffs.

Most of the emphasis are given to the local leaders and local guides as we believe working with the staffs of local communities is ore fruitful. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

At, Pikey Peak, we guarantee our clients that they are working and coping with the best professionals of the country who are friendlier and also much experienced on their respective field. All of our guides are fluent in speaking English and if you want, we are ready to provide you guides who are good at speaking other languages such as French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Italian. We only select professionals who are experienced, have leadership skills, are friendly in nature and also have a good personal ability. All these years, we have learnt that one of the major needed things in the trip is the leadership quality that a guide should have so that the trip will be safe, enjoyable and successful.

You will also be glad to know that most of our guides are actually from the mountainous region of our country and have spent half of their whole life in the most isolated and remote areas of our country. Mountainous region is the home for them and walking through these challenging paths is in their blood. They’re not ‘familiar’ with local communities, they’re a part of them. They don’t ‘know’ local culture, they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travelers why.

Porter Care

One of the most underrated professionals of our country are the porters who are a major part in the trekking and expedition journeys at the Himalayas. No doubt, the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of these hard-working porters. We must be blessed with the effort of the porters as their tireless efforts of carrying supplies, equipment and baggage makes the journey to the Himalayan region successful. So, its kind of unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights.

We assure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we also provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake we require that all trekkers keep their bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds.

We totally support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns:

Most of the areas of the Himalayan region is stunningly beautiful but at the same hand it’s to risky as well. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do’s and don’ts, and staff can advise how to minimize your impact.

Trekking to the base camp of the mountain of our country is not an easy task and one should be in a good health and physical condition. Most of the days have four to five hours of walking and some of the days are up to seven hours as well. Although less but these walks are very much tiring and difficult. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself in the lead-up to your trip with some regular exercise, the best form of which is long walks in hilly areas. Technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination.

We recommend to let us know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions as it might be difficult above 5000m if you get sick. Also, before coming to Nepal it’s important to consult your doctor regarding vaccinations and any other medical concerns that the trip may raise. Medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility

A typical day on the trail:

You will be waked up early in the morning with a bucket of hot water to wash in. You will then have your breakfast and then pack your bag to head for the trek. We will trek through forests, hills, mountains and local villages all about 3hours. We will then stop for an hour at a particularly pleasant spot and have our lunch. We will then again start our trek and trek about another 3hours to reach the destination where we will stay for overnight. Then you can have tea or coffee and some light snacks, before exploring the area with trek leader or just relaxing until dinner is served in a warm dining hall.

Evenings are quite interesting and fun as we will be chatting and doing entertainment stuffs with our fellow trek mates. Finally, it’s off to bed for a well-deserved night’s rest before you start it all again.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

Our trek journey starts with a pre-trip meeting at Kathmandu at our office. We will be usually doing the pree-trip meeting on the second day of our trekking journey and then you will be introduced to your fellow trek mates. You will also be introduced with your trek leader and then you can ask the important questions to your trek leaders in the pre-trip meeting.

The Trekking Group:

For the Everest Base Camp trek, there will be one leader, one assistant leader and one Sherpa porter for each group of two trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should any one of them fall ill, the trip can still go on as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but generally have a maximum of ten people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than ten people it can easily be arranged.

Accommodations:

The cost of the accommodations in this trek is included in the trip cost and we have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria; standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. All accommodation is based on twin share. We will provide you single supplement if there is different sex. For the solo trip and on request single supplement will be charge US$300.

Toilet Facilities – On trek, toilet facilities are available at Tea Houses but some places are beyond your expectation and you should be satisfied with a local toilet.

Meals during Trek:

All Meals on full board basis will be provided during the cost spent on trek. Three meals (Nepali, Sherpa, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Continental, Italian and Indian cuisine) a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menus. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will also be provided by our company and at the same cost.

 

 

 

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