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  • Terraced fields
  • Steps near Amjilossa
  • Jhire Rai (Sirdar) and school children
  • Carpet weaving in Phole village
  • Ghunsa
  • Near Kambachen
  • Near Pangpema
  • Lhonak camp
  • Lhonak
  • Walking near Lhonak
  • Near Pangpema
  • Pangpema
  • Pangpema
  • North Face of Kanchenjunga
  • TMC Team at Oktang
  • South West Face of Kanchenjunga
  • Prayer flags at Oktang
  • Ramche camp
  • View south to foothills
  • Corn drying in local house
  • Local women in Yamphudin village
  • Yamphudin village
  • Local woman working in fields
  • House near Khunjari

Kanchenjunga Circuit

This is a long and challenging walk around Mt. Kanchenjunga visiting both North and South Base Camp.

This has been described by many people as the finest trekking route in Nepal. It is a long trek going deep into the remote mountain ranges on Nepal’s border with Sikkim and Tibet. The trail explores the area around Kanchenjunga the third highest mountain in the world. You will see a wide range of scenery from lush, tropical jungle through to rhododendron, chestnut and oak forests and then at higher altitudes into the alpine zone. You will see a range of Nepalese culture and life-style from Rai and Limbus to Tibetan Buddhist villages.

The route starts by approaching the north side of Kanchenjunga where you see views of Tent peak, Nepal peak, Cross peak and then at Base Camp Kanchenjunga itself becomes visible. From Pangpema the trek returns to Ghunsa and then crosses the Mirgin La pass over to the south side of Kanchenjunga. Once over this pass we visit the yak pastures of Ramche and Oktang where there are impressive views of the south west face of Kanchenjunga.



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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 27 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Jo Clark
  • Minimum Group Size: 5 people
  • Cost: 2020- £3,195 (US$4,175 or €3,595) 2021- £3,195 (US$4,175 or €3,595)
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal flight to/from Kathmandu and Bhadrapur
  • All transfers including airport collections
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle
  • Twin share room in Kathmandu at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador.
  • Breakfast only at hotel in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek
  • Twin share tents while on trek using our Western branded tents. These are three person domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Western and Sherpa guides, porters and cook
  • Complimentary Kanchenjunga trekking map
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 30 days
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
Trip Grade Strenuous

Trip Grade Strenuous

Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.

4) Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • October 27th to November 22nd 2020
  • April 6th to May 2nd 2021

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu 
  • Day 2Briefing followed by Kathmandu sightseeing 
  • Day 3Fly to Bhadrapur, drive to Ilam 
  • Day 4Drive to Taplejung, trek to Mitlung (921m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Chirwa (1,270m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Sekathum (1,660m) 
  • Day 7Trek to Amjilossa (2,510m) 
  • Day 8Trek to Gybala (2,730m)  
  • Day 9Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m) 
  • Day 10Acclimatisation day at Ghunsa (3,595m) 
  • Day 11Trek to Khambachen (4,100m) 
  • Day 12Acclimatisation and rest day at Khambachen (4,100m) 
  • Day 13Trek to Lhonak (4,785m) 
  • Day 14Trek to Pangpema (5,143m) and return to Lhonak 
  • Day 15Return to Ghunsa 
  • Day 16Trek to High Camp before Mirgin La (4,100m) 
  • Day 17Cross Mirgin La (4,663m) to trek to Tseram (3,870m) 
  • Day 18Day trip to Oktang (4,730m), camp at Ramche (4,580m) 
  • Day 19Trek to Tortong (3,000m) 
  • Day 20Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m) 
  • Day 21Trek to Mamanke (1,810m) 
  • Day 22Trek to Kande Bhanjang (2,170m) 
  • Day 23Trek to Lali Kharka (2,276m) 
  • Day 24Trek to Suketar (2,300m) 
  • Day 25Drive to Bhadrapur 
  • Day 26Fly to Kathmandu 
  • Day 27Fly back home 
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