Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga, Nepal

Nepal Social Treks
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Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 11
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Kanchenjunga, Nepal

Nepal Social Treks
  • Facebook verified
2 reviews

Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 11

About this trip

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a thrilling trek that takes you far into the Eastern side of Nepal. You will come face to face with the third highest peak in the world, during this tough but immensely rewarding trek.

You will get a mesmerizing greeting from snowy peaks like Kabru, Rathong, Jannu Himal as well as the Yalung Glacier. From the first day itself, the lush green forests and sprawling farmlands will welcome you on the trail. This trek is demanding and will challenge you with steep inclines, narrow trails, and off-beaten, rocky terrains. It is this challenge that makes the rewarding views that much more worth it.

The trek itself will include 20 days of walking and 25 days in total. In terms of natural beauty, you will be walking along multiple gushing rivers as well as waterfalls. Your trek will include navigating ridges, crossing long suspension bridges, and vast green meadows. In terms of spiritual beauty as well, you will get to explore Oktang and Ramtang Monastery. There are chortens and mani walls along the way, decorated with prayer flags that add a unique visual touch to your journey.

The best time to go on this trek is during Spring and Autumn. This trek falls under the difficult category, so it is ideal to have some previous trekking experience. Since this trail contains steep inclines and rocky terrain, we recommend avoiding this trek during monsoon season for your own safety. The skies and mountain views will also be much clearer during summer and autumn.

With Nepal Social Trek & Expedition, you can be positive that our trained professionals are ready and prepared to guide you in your trails. Whether it is the landscape, culture, or history, our guides are knowledgeable. They will ensure that you can truly understand the land that you are trekking on. We also have a team of porters and first aid kits handy so that we can make sure that all you have to do is enjoy your trek and admire the beauty around you.

For a trip that combines an aesthetic, cultural, and historical trekking experience in one, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a perfect choice.

Why You’ll Love Kanchenjunga Circuit

  • Breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak
  • Trekking through lush forests of birch, pine, and rhododendron
  • Spectacular view of peaks like Tuplung, Kabru, Rathong, Nyukla Lachung, Jannu Himal and the Yalung Glacier
  • Visiting monasteries like Ramtang and Oktang
  • Exploring the diverse flora and fauna of the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area
  • Short scenic flight to and from Bhadrapur
  • Enjoying a starkly different landscape than the city, filled with terraced farmlands, waterfalls, and diverse settlements

Is Kanchenjunga Circuit Right For You?

  • The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek can be quite demanding. You will be walking for 6-8 hours per day for over three weeks. You might need some mental and physical preparation to tackle this.
  • This trek is quite strenuous. Therefore, we recommend you maintain a good degree of physical fitness prior to this trip.
  • The lodges in the more remote areas have the necessary amenities. You will have clean, cozy rooms and hygienic food, but you may need to bring any additional materials on your own.
  • The elevation on this trek crosses 4500m as we will be crossing very high passes. So there is a risk of altitude sickness. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you need to seek medical advice before booking this trek. However, we have a comprehensive first aid kit and a trained staff on board to take care of your safety.
  • The weather can be quite unpredictable. Depending on your travel time, you might want to ensure that you are prepared for such unforeseeable events.

Important Notes

  • You might want to carry a universal adapter for your charging needs as we go to more remote places. You can also purchase this in shops at Kathmandu itself.
  • As the weather can be unpredictable, you should pack a down jacket to get comfortable even if it gets cold or rains.
  • ATMs and credit card acceptance are scarce in higher altitudes, so remember to have some cash handy for your purchases.
  • You might need to carry some passport size photographs for your permits along the way.

Permits Required

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP)

This permit is mandatory for all trekkers venturing into the Kanchenjunga Conservation area. You will need a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months of validity as well as a valid Nepal visa. You will also need a passport-sized photo, and you will need to submit the application, itinerary, and insurance details. The cost details are as follows:

  • USD 20 per person with no time limitation.

Kanchenjunga Trek Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

This permit is mandatory for all trekkers venturing into the Kanchenjunga Conservation area. You will need a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months of validity as well as a valid Nepal visa. You will also need a passport-sized photo, and you will need to submit the application, itinerary, and insurance details. The cost details are as follows:

  • USD 10 per person per week.

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card

This permit is mandatory for all trekkers traveling in Nepal. For this permit, you will need to carry some passport-sized photographs and a photocopy of your passport. The costs are detailed as follows:

  • USD 20 for individual trekkers
  • USD 10 for trekkers in groups
  • USD 6 for individual trekkers from SAARC countries
  • USD 3 for group trekkers from SAARC countries

What’s included

  • Private Arrival
    & Departure transfers on both international and domestic flights
  • Assistance for trekking
    gears and the shopping for the trekking equipment if required
  • Welcome + farewell
    dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kanchenjunga
    Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (USD 20 per person), Restricted Area Permit (USD 10 per person) and TIMS
  • Full board meals
    (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during trekking
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • Accommodation
    in camping during trekking
  • All private overland
    transports included in the itinerary
  • All kitchen teams
    including experienced trek cook and staff
  • Nepal Social Treks Gears
    sleeping bag or duffel bag for use during the trip Professional local guide with extensive experience.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Necessary Porters
    to carry all personal gear and group equipment (1 porter per 2 trekkers)
  • Insurance
    for all staff including porters
  • Assistance to evacuation
    in case of any kind of emergency
  • Kanchenjunga
    Circuit Trek map
  • Nepal government tax
    + service fees
  • Entry visa for Nepal
  • Any bottled drinks
    other than tea and coffee
  • Personal insurance
    if any evacuation is needed during trekking or climbing
  • Any personal gear
    for trekking
  • International airfare
    and airport taxes, excess baggage charges
  • Valid Travel Insurance
    with Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Additional expenses
    for batteries, telephones, cold drinks, laundry, and more
  • Any tips
    or gratuities for the staff


Day 1
Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will be ready to pick you up. They will then escort you to your hotel and help you check-in. Once we check into the hotel, you will receive a brief outline for the trek. In the evening, you will have an introductory welcome dinner. The first night is all about bonding and resting up.


  • Hassle-free airport pick-up
  • A detailed explanation of the itinerary
  • Bonding welcome dinner with the full group

Special Note

Make sure to listen attentively when our tour guide outlines the trek itinerary for you. You will get a good idea of what to expect during the trip, and of the packing list, foods, and so on. It will help you make sure that you have not forgotten to pack anything essential. In case you want to leave some luggage at the hotel, make sure you double-check your trekking supplies before heading out on the trek.

Dinner Hotel - 3 Stars

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Nepal Social Treks
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Nepal Social Treks and Expedition is a trusted name in the Himalayan Tourism Industry serving since 2006 offering environmentally friendly tours and exciting adventure excursions throughout Nepal Tibet Bhutan and India, We started with a vision to provide our guests with a whole range of possibilities that Nepal has to offer. Based on the principle of safety, hygiene, and environmental protection. We are now a very successful travel and tour company, recommended on Lonely planet Guide book “Nepal in the year 2012 Edition to until now.


It’s be the experience I never think to live. More then perfect. Nepal social team are professional,always in contact with the client and very very careful. My best choice it’s be to choose them. I’m very soddisfate of all the team
By Veselina K for Everest Base Camp Trek on 14 May, 2022
We had a great time, our guides were very good and looked after us very well. Perhaps a more detailed plan of the walk would be useful to have in advance but otherwise very good.
By Amanda W for Amanda Chisapani treks on 04 May, 2022