Kanchanjunga Circuit Trek

16 Days

Trip Info

  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • English
  • 5143m
  • Bus,Cab,Plane


Kanchenjunga is the 3rd highest mountain peak in the world which proudly lies at the height of 8585m. It is beautifully located in the far eastern region, Taplejung District, Nepal. Kanchenjunga has got its name from the Tibetan word which refers to five great “treasures in the snow”. This basically symbolizes its five peaks as gold, silver, precious stones, grain, and holy scripture. Kanchenjunga was a forbidden area and was publicly opened in 1988 but still is a restricted area and requires a special permit to enter. Also trekking solo and without a licensed guide is not allowed in Kanchenjunga. The Kanchenjunga circuit trek is one of the most explored and popular trekking destinations. The place is highly protected by Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. The trail passes through hundreds of rare flora and fauna. Rhododendrons, green meadows, birch and pines, snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, etc are found here. There is basically two base camp in the Kanchenjunga circuit. One being the south base camp (4610m) and the other North base camp (5190m). Kanchenjunga is one of the best yet less crowded areas which makes the journey more peaceful.

Temperature and weather 

The temperature in the mountain area is quite unpredictable. In spring the temperature at high altitudes is still cold but not unbearable cold. The snows of winter start to melt, nature starts to bloom again making the spring season very beautiful. In summer, it is super-hot in lower altitudes. However, in June being a pre-monsoon month the temperature is decreased. In autumn, the monsoon season is just over but the chance of rainfall is still there. But the temperature is quite favorable. In winter the temperature of the base camp might drop to -30 degrees Celsius making it extremely cold. The average temperature in the north base camp is -25 degrees Celsius.

Considering all the temperature, weather, and warmth the best or peak season to trek the Kanchenjunga circuit is in spring and autumn. The bearable temperature, the clear skies, and atmosphere, stunning views of Rhododendrons and mountains, the best condition of the trails, all features make these seasons best for climbing. 

Food and accommodation 

It is important to understand that Kanchenjunga is not highly developed like EBC and ABC. The teahouses are available but they have basic facilities like a warm room, blankets, and pillows. They have to be shared with other trekkers as well. Also, the washroom and toilets have to be shared. They also provide home-cooked meals like Dal, Bhat, vegetables, noodles, pasta, soup, and western food. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, hot chocolates, etc are also available on the teahouses. No camping is necessary unless you want to experience the camping trek. Staying in teahouses or lodges may cost up to 5- 10$ (500 -1000 NRS) per night.  


The gateway to Kanchenjunga is Taplejung. There are few options available to reach Taplejung. One is to take a bus from Kathmandu to Taplejung directly or you can also take a bus from Kathmandu to Birtamod and to Taplejung. Once you reach Taplejung, you need to start trekking.

The other option which is easy and fast is to take a flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung which basically takes 35 minutes. 

The last option is a helicopter tour. It is available to the Kanchenjunga base camp by many agencies or companies. It is best suited for those who are under limited time or want to have a more luxurious journey, or for someone who is physically disabled. The helicopter tour to KBC starts from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and passes Suketar, Taplejung, Pangpema, and finally to KBC. If you are traveling solo then the price is 12000 NRS. If you are in a group of 4-5 persons it will cost you around 4000 NRS.

Note- Helicopter tour is for the base camp tour only. 

Electronics and communication 

There are facilities for electricity and telephones in the teahouses. However, they are very limited and have to pay extra money to use. Internet facility is not available in the Kanchenjunga trek. It is highly recommended to carry extra batteries and power banks.  

Permits and fees 

1) Kanchenjunga Conservation Area- 2000NRS 

  1. Trekkers Information Management System card (TIMS)- 1000NRS
  2. Restricted area permit- 1000-5000 (10-50$) per week depending on the time of the year you are visiting. 

 Guides and porters 

Kanchenjunga is a restricted area and requires a professional and licensed guide in order for us to trek. They have more than enough knowledge about the directions, villages, places, accommodations, etc. it is always better to have a guide with you. Guides usually charge 25-30 $ per day. If you are physically able to carry your belonging then there is no need for a porter. If you want to walk freely without any burden you can hire a guide. They usually charge 15-20$ per day.

Safety and difficulties of EBC 

Kanchenjunga circuit trek can be quite challenging and difficult. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to Kanchenjunga is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 20 days. This solo reason is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, maybe snowy in off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek is 4610m and 5190m both being south and north base camp of Kanchenjunga with other high passes on the way. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. The primary cause of altitude sickness is a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. It’s important to carry handheld oximetry. Oxygen saturation below 75% may be a risk.

*Symptoms of Mountain sickness



-Loss of appetite

-Shortness of breath

-Fast heartbeats

*Preventing mountain sickness 

-Walk slow

-Stay hydrated

-Have nutritional food 

-Have enough rest

-Avoid smoking and alcohol 

*Medicines for mountain sickness 


-Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)

-Promethazine (for nausea)

Other requirements

Travel insurance– Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.  

Visas/passports– If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months. 



Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
  • Guesthouse/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in a 2-bedroom) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic air ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • "Farewell dinner "before your departure from Nepal.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Tips for guides and porters


How difficult is the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

The trek is considered challenging due to its remote location, high altitude, and the need for special permits. It requires a good level of physical fitness and acclimatization.

Do I need special permits for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

Yes, trekkers need both the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to enter the Kanchenjunga region.

How long does the trek take?

The trek typically takes around 20 to 25 days, depending on the specific itinerary and acclimatization days.

Is it possible to do the trek independently, or do I need a guide?

Due to the restricted nature of the area, hiring a licensed guide and obtaining the necessary permits are mandatory for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.

What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?

Accommodation options include teahouses and camping. Teahouses provide basic facilities, while camping is required in certain remote areas.

Are there any health risks associated with the trek?

Altitude sickness is a concern, so proper acclimatization is crucial. Trekkers should be aware of the symptoms and descend if necessary. Other health risks include cold-related illnesses.

What should I pack for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

Essential items include trekking gear, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, a first aid kit, and personal items. It’s essential to pack light.

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