Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Price starts from

USD 3300

Meal

Breakfast in Kathmandu & Full meals on a trek

Start & End Point

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Transportation

Flight and Private Transport

Accommodations

Hotel and Lodge

Activity

6-7 hours walking per day

Max Altitude

5,143m/16,874ft

Trip Grade

Challenging

Best Time

March to May & September to November

Overview

Trekkers often seek new challenges and they tend to push themselves more forward. As an enthusiastic trekker, it is most probable that you already had completed any of the treks in Annapurna, Everest, Manaslu, or Langtang region in the Himalayas. So, certainly, you are looking for the next destination to head to and face the challenge. So we are here to exactly remind you about your next ultimate destination, that is, the Kanchenjunga circuit trek.

The trekking adventure to the Kanchenjunga circuit is mostly off-beaten which is still in its pristine condition. Without any doubt, the path in this amazing trek leads you to one of the most stunning and isolated parts of the Himalayas. Moreover, the Kanchenjunga trek exposes you to breathtaking views of the snow-covered mountains and the special High Himalayan terrain. The majestic peaks of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8848m), Jannu (7710m), Gimmigela (7350m), Kabru (7412m), Rathong (6682m), and Kokthang (6148m) are specifically those that encircle the Kanchenjunga circuit. Also, in addition to these peaks, you get to see Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Makalu(8,201m), and Mount Lhotse (8516m).

Not only the Mountains, but the Kanchenjunga circuit trek also allows you to experience well-known valleys like Simbua Khola, Ghunsa, and Tamor. Here, you might find out the traditions and cultures of locals from different ethnic backgrounds. The finest part of this trek will be meeting people, hearing their stories, and witnessing the beautiful natural landmarks around the region.

Furthermore, given its cultural significance and still pristine beauty, many trekkers who reached this region were astounded and described it as one of the world's finest destinations. Added to that, since it is known as the Valley of Immortality, this specific circuit trek is also significant from a religious perspective.

Itinerary

Hello and Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. As you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative of our company will be waiting to welcome you. Soon as you exit the terminal you will see him. After an affectionate meeting between you two, he will accompany you to the private car. Once you have settled into the car, he will then transport you to one of the hotels in Kathmandu.

You will Check in at the hotel and should take some time to chill out and unwind. After calming down in your hotel, you'll prep for the trek briefing in our office. All of the trek's specifics will be covered in this presentation. Therefore, feel free to ask the presenter any questions you may have immediately. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,300m/4,264ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

3 Star Hotel 

As the country's capital, Kathmandu offers a distinctive feeling of its history, natural beauty, and cultural attractions. To be more specific, you will be driven to those unique locations of the city for the sightseeing trip. These locations are particularly significant for many religions which date back to the medieval ages or maybe earlier. The destinations on this trip include Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Furthermore, you have the option of picking Patan Durbar Square instead of other destinations.
 

Accordingly, the historical works of art are exhibited at all of these places in different formats. Finally, after seeing these wonderful locations for half a day, we are going to regroup to organize the clothing and trekking supplies (a sleeping bag, and a down jacket) for the Kanchenjunga circuit trek. After concluding all things, you can kick back and spend the evening exploring the city's streets. Overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,300m/4,264ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

3 Star Hotel 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast 

Today we will have to arrive at the airport to take a flight towards Biratnagar. After arriving at this lowland region of Nepal, we will have to check the flight availability to Suketar from Biratnagar. You will be presented with either of the two options. If a flight to Suketar is available, you can stay the night in Biratnagar and take a flight the following morning. Or, if no flights are available to Suketar, you will have to drive to Phidim and spend the night there.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
81 m/266 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

On this day, you will either be flying directly to Suketar or taking a drive from Phidim to Suketar. If you have to take a drive, it would require you to a long and slow trip through a rugged path. It would typically take you 9 hours to drive from Birtanagar to Suketar. Anyhow, Suketar is the destination for the day, where you may relax with an excellent meal and comfortable lodging at a local teahouse.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,179 m/ (3,868 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today, we will start our Kanchenjunga circuit trek journey by walking downhill toward Mitlung. The paths mostly travel through the lower parts of the Kanchenjunga range, passing through farming valleys with picturesque views of open meadows and little settlements. Soon, we will cross the Hangdewa River and follow the rushing Tanor River. Then further, the route will become steeper as we proceed northward from the trailhead. Finally, following the ascent, you will drop 350 meters on a muddy trail in the direction of Mitlung. Overnight at the lodge in Mitlung.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
921 m/3,021 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

You should plan on trekking for at least 5 hours today. Firstly, we gradually incline the path and then descend before we reach Chirwa. Thereafter we continue to trek downhill to reach Tawa. Continuing, we will climb some height and cross the suspension bridges at Thiwa. And finally after passing through the remote landscape on the way we will reach Chirwa. Chirwa is a beautiful Limbu village that consists of a few lodges and teahouses. After reaching this place, you can explore first and then come to relax at the lodge. Overnight at the lodge in Chirwa.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,270 m/4166 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today, we'll embark on a special path that passes through a variety of settings, including deep forests and fields of cardamom. We will slowly ascend a hill before descending once again to the lush pastures below. Further, we move on through the thick woods as we make our way to the Tamor River. Here on the route, we will also register our permits at the checkpoint. 

Continuing along the path we will cross the river and the forest hills of pine to finally arrive at Lelep. Here you will stop for lunch and enjoy the beautiful stupas and stone-built homes. After lunch, we will cross the bridge of the Tamor River once again and head through Ghunsa Valley to finally reach Sukathum. Overnight at the lodge in Sukathum.
 

 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,576 m/5,169 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today we will be leaving Amjilosa and eventually crossing the suspension bridge and walking alongside the river. Soon after, we will enter the dense forest, ascend the trail and descend to cross the river. Continuing along the trail, you can enjoy the stunning views of hills above the layers of forest. Moving further, you will climb a steep hill and arrive at Amjilosa after hiking for about 4 to 5 hours. Considering how difficult the path is going to be, it is strongly advised you be careful as you pass through the gorges of this particular area of the Kanchenjunga circuit trek. Overnight at the hotel in Amjilosa.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
2,308 m /7,570 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today, the true appearance of the eastern Himalayas will be shown to you. As we stroll through the Ghunsa Valley, we'll pass by plains that are open to the sky, forests of rhododendron, fir, and bamboo, as well as glittering waterfalls. Today we will walk for four to five hours, although the final 30 minutes will be spent ascending a hard hill. The trail passes through the beautiful waterfall and soon goes through a steep climb that brings us to Gyabla. Here, the hospitality of the sherpa people and the dazzling views of the forested valley will surely enchant you. Overnight at the lodge in Gyabla village.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
2,730 m /8,954 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Our hike will continue by heading towards the ravine and then continue forward to the flat trails leading to the Riverbank. From here, we will do an easy stroll that goes through rhododendron and fir forests which will ultimately lead us up to the open pastures which surround the Tibetan Refugee settlements. Here, you may buy locally crafted handicrafts and homemade rugs.
 

If you are genuinely interested, get some of those and continue the trail through the Conifer and pine forest that will ultimately lead you to the Sherpa Village of Ghunsa. Basically, this location is famous for its hydropower plant and a helicopter crash that took the lives of more than 20 individuals. Overnight at the lodge in Ghunsa.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
3,595 m/11,792 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

As today is our first acclimatization day of the Kanchenjunga circuit trek, we will go out and explore the area around Ghunsa to Acclimatize to the surroundings. Since we have to follow the climb high sleep low rule, we will have to remain active. You can opt to hike up to the glacier at the Chherpuk Kharka or, you could also choose to walk above the monastery which goes through the Lobsang la Pass. The top point offers breathtaking views of Ghunsa Peak, Sele la Pass, and several other peaks. After spending a while on the pass, return to Ghunsa and get enough rest for the journey tomorrow. Overnight at the lodge in Ghunsa.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
3,595 m/11,792 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today we will join the trail to the north along the river bank and enjoy the dazzling mountainous landscapes. Continuing, we pass through meadows full of flowers and rhododendron forests. Here you may also spot some wild animals like blue sheep and snow leopards. On this day, you will also go through a few places where landslides are likely to occur. You must be extremely cautious when you travel on this road.
 

Meanwhile, if the landslide region is risky, we will take a different route, which will add another 30 minutes to our journey. Finally, after crossing the landslide area, we will begin to see the fabulous views of Mt.Jannu and later on cross the difficult trail ultimately leading us to Khambachen. Overnight at the lodge in Khambachen.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
4,050 m/13,284 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today is our second acclimatization day in the Kanchenjunga circuit trek. We'll relax and enjoy most of the time and for some while make a brief ascend to the ridge in the Nupchu Khola Valley. You may enjoy a great view of Mount Kanchenjunga from this ridge and also you can experience the serene environment of the area. On top of that, you may have fun here talking with the locals.

While on the route you could also run into a few trekkers in Khambhachen who are heading to Kanchenjunga base camp or returning from their trek. Overnight at the lodge in Khambhacen.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
4,050 m/13,284 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

With the breathtaking scenery along the way, today's hike from Khambachen to Lhonak will probably take you about 6-7 hours. Today, you will mostly pass through the rocky path with large boulders that are present alongside the riverbank. Passing the route, you will also be welcomed by waterfalls along with blue sheep and yaks. Shortly after, you will arrive at Ramtang Monastery crossing the bridge. Exploring there for a bit, we will pass the landslide-prone section and descend down to the river before finally arriving at Lhonak. Overnight at the lodge in Lhonak.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
4,780 m/15,678 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today is the special day of our Kanchenjunga circuit trek. As we continue our trek through Kanchenjunga Glacier, we will finally arrive at the Pangpema aka Kanchenjunga North base camp. Nearly after trekking for 3-4 hours, you will arrive at this ultimate destination. You will spend time exploring this grassy base camp while celebrating your successful adventure and taking lots of photos. You will have a great chance to see views of the Kanchenjunga, Kirat Chuli, Dromo Peak, Khambachen, and other nearby peaks from this location. Also, you can go slightly higher to take in the wonderful vista of Chang Himal, Nepal Peak, Jannu, and Kanchenjunga.

Furthermore, we warn hikers to take caution in the rugged area here since it is more prone to landslides. After completing the journey around the base camp we will directly return to Lhonak for an overnight stay.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
5,388 m/17,673 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Your refreshing trek today will start after having a fulfilling breakfast. Today you will come across diverse flora and fauna that go through spectacular upward trails. Also, you will go through the yak pastures which offer you a unique perspective of the mountains like Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela, Mera Peak, and many others. As this is the descending trek, we will arrive in Kambachen by the evening. Upon reaching, you can stay around for a bit while you overnight here.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
4,050 m/13,284 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Right in the morning we will start our journey from Gunsa to Kambachen. It just so happens that the route on this day is exactly the opposite of the one on day 12. As we start the journey, we will head over to see the sunrise which occurs above the beautiful Mount Jannu. Soon after, we will proceed through the deep pine and rhododendron forests with the background of the beautiful mountains. Finally, after passing the glaciers, we will reach Gunsa to spend the night at the lodge.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
3,595 m/11,792 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

We'll begin our tour today by moving along a grassy slope and taking in the breathtaking views of Mount Makalu. Basically, it is all the way up steep from Gunsa to Sele La. Soaking in the views of forests consisting of Rhododendrons, oak, and pines, we will make our way toward Sele La. We will pass through various hills and views of the Tamur River before ultimately arriving at Sele La for an overnight stay.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
4,290 m/14,071 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today we will climb a hill to see the brilliant views of the beautiful Mount Jannu and Makalu. Later on, as we go further, we will pass the most famous destinations of the Kanchenjunga circuit trek, that is Mirgin La Pass and Sinelapache La Pass. From these passes, you will see the surrounding snowcapped mountains in their best presence. Especially, you get to catch a glimpse of Mount Everest from Mirgin La Pass. While going through these routes, trekkers get to see the varied flora and fauna, which is quite a treat for them. After finally exploring the whole of this thing, you will now have to descend through a short trail and arrive at Cheram. Overnight at the lodge in Cheram.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
3,870 m/12,694 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

We head out on our journey following the trail going along the Yalung glacier. Moving further through it, you will be visiting the viewpoint of the Kabru and Rothong Peaks. Also, you will head out to the ridge to see the fabulous views of the Kanchenjunga south, Mount Janu, and Nyukla Lanchung. In addition to these, you can also consider going to the Oktang Monastery for exploration. Finally, after doing all this, you will again descend to Cheram for an overnight stay.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
4,580 m/15,022 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today after doing numerous ascents and descent we will make our way towards Tortong. The trail is basically filled with rhododendron forests which will of course be an eye-pleasing moment for you to watch. Thereafter, we will further descend down to the trail which goes alongside the Simbuwa Khola. Enjoying the beautiful atmosphere we will soon reach Tortong and spend our night there.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
2,995 m/9,824 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today we will leave Tortong and head toward Lasia La pass (3550m). We will basically pass through Lasia Bhanjyang which goes through the trees and the landslide-prone areas. Passing through those beautiful green forests we will stop at the teashop for lunch and directly trek downhill approaching Yamphudin village. Upon reaching you will settle into the lodge, explore the nearby areas, and again come back for an overnight stay.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
(2,080 m/6,822 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

After going up and down, now we finally got the opportunity to fully descend to the Yangpang. Firstly, we descend to cross the bridge at Samkham and follow the trail towards Kabeli Khola. Following this trail, we pass through several charming villages situated which is accompanied by the terraced field on the hills. Thereafter we go through Mamankhe which consists of several houses of Limbu people with their museum and the cultural center. After visiting there for a while, we will continue our journey toward the small settlement of Yangpang. As soon as we reach this village, we will settle into the lodge head towards the Hindu temple located nearby, and explore further in the area. Overnight at the lodge in Yangpang.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,007 m/3,304 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today we will find ourselves moving along the final trails of the Kanchenjunga circuit trek. As we descend to Thorpu, we will pass through beautiful pastures and farmlands for 5 to 6 hours. This is also gonna be the day when you will be finally leaving the Himalayas, so be sure to not miss the views of the magical Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. As you make your way to Thorpu you will pass through beautiful terraced villages where you will encounter people who are humble and want to see you. Finally, after reaching Thorpu we will enjoy our last teahouse accommodation, so be sure to enjoy the traditional Nepali food dishes here. Overnight at the lodge in Thorpu.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,500 m/4,290 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today we have the option to drive from Thorpu to Birtamod. But we will follow the picturesque road by trekking all the way from Thorpu. As we descend down all the way from the mountains, the weather gets warmer, and the landscape also changes noticeably. After reaching Birtamod after several hours of walking you will get astounded to see the city life again with bustling streets and buildings. Soon we will check into one of the hotels with the best accommodation facilities. Here, you can have a great shower and choice of your food after a long time. Overnight at the Hotel in Birtamod.
 

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
300 m/ 984 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today marks the last journey as we leave Birtamod for Bhadrapur. We will head to Bhadrapur by 4-wheeler in the morning from the hotel. Through the drive, it will take you only half an hour to arrive there. After reaching Bhadrapur, then it's back to Kathmandu by air.

As all of the flights in Nepal are scenic there is no exception to this flight. We are pretty sure that your eyes will be in the sky all the time throughout the flight. After arriving in the hustling and bustling city of Kathmandu you will chill at the hotel or you could explore the markets in the nearby streets. In the evening, we will be hosting a fabulous dinner as a celebration of our successful Kanchenjunga circuit trek journey. After Enjoying the dinner program we will transfer you to your booked hotel for an overnight stay.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,300m/4,264ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

3 Star Hotel 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Your journey with the Trek Ways Nepal team across the Kanchenjunga circuit comes to an end today. Three hours before your trip, an employee of our company will smoothly drive you to the international airport while engaging in pleasant conversation. Once you get to the entrance, he will give you his warmest wishes and wish you a very successful trip. Remember that even when we say goodbye, we will always be ready to get in touch with you through different channels. So till then, Happy trekking :)

 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast 

Include

    • Airport transfers by Private vehicle (Arrival and departure)
    • 3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu (3* Standard Hotel) with Breakfast
    • Full-day Kathmandu Valley guided tour (UNESCO heritage sites)
    • Flight tickets to Biratnagar-Suketar from Kathmandu with airport tax
    • Flight tickets Bhadrapur-Kathmandu with airport tax
    • Airport transfer for domestic flights
    • 1 Night accommodation in Bhadrapur (Traveler standard hotel)
    • All required local transport to start the trek
    • Accommodation during the trek (They are pretty basic)
    • Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), a day during the trek
    • Seasonal fruits are served after dinner, during the trek
    • Safe drinking water (Purified and medicated safe) during the trek
    • All required trekking permits
    • Special entry permit (Minimum 2 people required)
    • Government-licensed, English-speaking, knowledgeable, and experienced local guide
    • One local porter for each 2 members 
    • Staff insurance and daily wages
    • All required local and government taxes
    • Rented down jacket and sleeping bag (if required)
    • Duffle bag for porter to carry (It is for you after the trek)
    • Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter
    • Adventure certificate upon completion of the trek
    • Farewell dinner after the trek in Kathmandu (Feedback session)

Exclude

    • Nepal arrival visa
    • Monument entrance fees while on a city tour
    • Any extended trips, or accommodations
    • Cost of wifi, battery charging and hot shower service during the trek
    • Meals except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal expenses like mineral water, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, chocolates, brunch, etc.
    • Travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation,  trip cancelation and interruption
    • Extra porter if required
    • Tipping to staff

Date & Cost

August,2024

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Useful info

Clothes

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Raincoat
  • Lightweight Down jacket (Provided)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • Hiking shorts (if trekking in the summer)
  • Thermals (top and bottom, merino ideal)
  • Two to three trekking t-shirts/shirts
  • Fleece or warm mid-layer
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Hiking socks and lighter walking socks
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare underwear
  • Buff or similar to cover your neck and face
  • One pair of worn-in, waterproof hiking boots
  • One pair of lightweight trainers (for the camp, in the evenings)
  • 4 season sleeping bag (Provided)

Extra Clothes for Winter

  • Extra warm layers (add an extra warm item to all key items above)
  • Extra set of thermals (pair to walk in, pair to sleep in)
  • Merino trekking socks
  • Merino glove liners
  • Gaiters
  • Hand warmer

 

Tech

  • Powerbank
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Charging cables
  • Phone / iPod /Kindle

Toiletries

  • Biodegradable wet wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen & lip block
  • Personal medication

First Aid Kit, including:

  • Anti-Diarrhoea Tablets (Imodium)
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Rehydration Sachets
  • Blister Plasters
  • Vaseline - to rub on feet to reduce friction
  • Diamox for (only after consultation with a medical professional)

Other Item

  • Trekking poles
  • Travel towel
  • Two water bottles (one litre each)
  • Metal SIGG bottle (useful to fill with hot water to use as a hot water bottle at bedtime)
  • Water purification tablets, such as Lifestraw or SteriPEN
  • Crampons or chained spikes that will fit any boot, if you don't have crampon-suitable boots (for winter departures between December and March)
  • Day pack with rain cover (30 liters +)
  • Duffel bag (for the porters to carry overnight kit) (Provided)

 

Frequently Asked Question

The best and suggested times to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp are mid-September to mid-December (Autumn) and March to late May (Spring). However, this trek is possible year-round. We suggest you trek during the best time of year but we can organize if you need to trek during the monsoon or winter. During the winter it can be done with proper winter gear.

March/April/May/June (Spring)

During springtime, the average temperature is 20°C (68°F), with a high of 25°C (77°F) during clear days and a low of – 15°C (5°F) overnight above 4000 meters.

July/August through early-September (Monsoon)

During the monsoon, the average temperature is 22°C (71.6°F), with a high of 30°C (86°F) during clear days and a low of- 5°C (23°F) overnight above 4000 meters.

Mid September/October/November (Autumn)
The average temperature in autumn is 17°C (62.6°F), with a high of 20°C (68°F) during clear days and a low of – 15°C (5°F) overnight above 4000 meters.

December/January/February (Winter)

The average temperature is 10°C (50°F), with a high of 17°C (62.6°F) during clear days and a low of – 20°C (- 4°F) overnight above 4000 meters.

Yes, you need a sleeping bag sleeping bags rated -10°C (14°F) to -20°C (- 4°F) as per the trekking season you plan. Also, our guide can provide you an extra blanket if needed at the teahouses. It is always good to have a liner which you can buy here in Kathmandu or you can bring from home.

 

If you trek during the month (December to February) yes, you do require crampons on this trek.

 

Yes, you can buy gears in Kathmandu at a better price than your home but quality may not be the same. There are some branded items like Rab, North Face, Black Yak, Marmot, etc. There are local brands as well. You can rent sleeping bags and down jackets but the other items you need to buy.

It is suggested to follow our standard itinerary. However, you can walk faster and finish the trek earlier but it is your own risk. Due to the altitude issue, we have designed our itinerary and strongly suggest you follow it.

 

It depends on timing, weather conditions, and your health condition. In general, you will be spending 30 minutes at the Kanchenjunga base camp. However, you can spend more if time permits or if your health, weather conditions are good. This is what you and your guide decide.

If you get sick, we will take you down if you can walk. Or you can take a horse down (you need to pay extra for a horse ride). If you have basic altitude symptoms then we will stop for the day and see how you feel. If you feel better then we will continue up otherwise we will take you down. If you are serious then we will take you down by helicopter to Kathmandu.

If you need to take a helicopter rescue down to Kathmandu then we will coordinate with a helicopter company that will deal with your insurance.


 

Unfortunately, you cannot buy insurance here in Nepal. You need to buy from your home country that should cover trip cancelation, trip interruption, helicopter evacuation, medical and health expenses, etc.

Yes, all of our guides speak English fluently. Do not expect a guide as a native speaker but good enough for Nepalese standards. Besides English, our guide speaks Spanish.

Yes, our Guides are certified and have a Government certificate. Also, first aid trained, skilled, and has leading capacity with knowledge of locals.

Yes, we do have our staff yearly insured. Also, we do provide full trekking gear initial phase and they are well equipped.

 

We will provide you a porter who will carry your bag. We do have 2:1 porter ratio (1 porter for each 2 people).

 

Porter will carry 25kg (12.5kg each).

Yes, you can have your own porter which cost USD30 per day.

 

Yes, we do provide you a duffel bag. Your entire trekking gears will go in to the duffel bag which porter will carry.


 

Yes, you can leave your suitcase either in our office or in the hotel. Hotel in Kathmandu has free luggage store room. We can help you in this.

On a trek, we do offer basic accommodation (this is what is only available). There are common shared in-house toilets. Rooms are twin a sharing basis and they are just ok.

There are no lodges or tea houses in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. It is not legal to sleep in the base camp for those who do not have a climbing permit. You have to have a climbing permit to stay overnight in a tent.  

However, during the Kanchenjunga expedition season, there are several tents where you can spend a night.

 

Yes, you can have your private room but you need to pay an extra USD300.

 

Yes, you can have a hot shower at the beginning but as. We climb higher up there are no proper showers available. You can take a bath with warm water. In higher locations we do not suggest you have a shower so prepare for this.

Yes, it is better to bring your own face towel and bath towel.

 

Yes, you need to buy toilet paper along the way. They won’t have toilet paper in their toilet.

 

Yes, you need to bring your soap for your personal use.

 

In the village there are restrooms but not along the way. You need to find a private spot along the way for emergency use.

 

There are menu available with varieties of choices. You can pick up any items as per your choice but please be vegetarians. Meats are not suggested as they are not fresh. There are bread, eggs, potatoes, rice, noodles, different soups, and Dal Bhat (lentil and rice with curry) available along the trek.


 

Yes, we do serve hot and fresh food. They will start preparing and serve once you order your meal.

Absolutely not. There are veg meals available and we do suggest you go for veg meals.

 

No it is not a problem. You can still have options but you must tell my guide if you are vegan.

Yes, you need to tell us what food you should not eat so our guide can let it know in the lodges.
 

No, you van not use running water because they are not safe. You need to boil them or purify them.

 


Yes, it is provided which is medicated proof and safe to drink. Our guide will carry purified tablets and add in to your bottle in front of your eye.


 

Yes, you can buy water bottle along the way but you need to pay for that.

 

Yes, you can have boiled water but you need to pay extra

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