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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

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Kangchenjunga Circuit Trek

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, also referred to as the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek or the Kanchenjunga Trek, is a strenuous trek that takes trekkers through Nepal's Kanchenjunga massif, where Mount Kanchenjunga dominates. The trek takes you through a variety of landscapes, such as dense subtropical forests, wildflower meadows, and jagged peaks, throughout the journey. During the trek, trekkers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of the Limbu people, who will greet them with warm smiles and traditions. It is a humbling experience to reach the North and South Base Camps of Kanchenjunga, the destination representing the highest point of the trek. It is necessary to have a high level of physical strength to complete the trek because of the high altitude and the difficult terrain, but the rewards are significant.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a thrilling adventure set in Nepal's remote and unspoiled far east. It includes the breathtaking Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak. This trek begins in the low valleys of eastern Nepal and takes you through a diverse range of landscapes and cultures. You will pass through picturesque farmlands, charming villages, and rivers that eventually join the Tamur River and flow into the Arun River beneath Mulghat. The magnificent Pangpema, Kanchenjunga's base camp, and surrounding peaks will enchant you along the way. The trek offers close-up views of Kanchenjunga's breathtaking north face as well as close encounters with glaciers, making it an unforgettable experience.

The Kanchenjunga region has maintained a steadfast commitment to preserving its vibrant traditional culture ever since it was opened as a tourist destination in 1988. This, in turn, has provided an opportunity for cultural immersion that has never been seen before. This trek, which is one of the longer options, entices adventurers with the promise of more days to explore the breathtaking vistas of eastern Nepal's majestic mountain ranges. Experience a journey that will leave you with a tapestry of memories that will last a lifetime. This journey will take you to a place where time seems to stand still, where ancient traditions and rituals are intertwined with the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.

Kanchenjunga Trek is set in breathtaking scenery, with a variety of majestic glaciers to captivate the senses. To the north are the towering giants of Nupchu, Lhonak, Chichima, Gimsung, Pyramid, Kanchenjunga, and Ramtang, whose ice beauty inspires awe and reverence. To the west and south, the majestic Kumbhakarna (Jannu), Yamatari, and Yalung glaciers rise from the horizon, their icy tongues telling stories of ancient fortitude. The Kanchenjunga area has evolved into more than just a geographical expanse; it represents a historical lifeline, once a bustling trade artery linking the bustling hill town of Darjeeling in India to the lofty reaches of Tipta La in Tibet, weaving a tapestry of cultural exchange and economic vitality through the rugged terrain.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is an incredible journey that allows trekkers to experience the Himalayas' pristine beauty. As you progress through the difficult terrain, each step reveals breathtaking views of towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and verdant forests teeming with wildlife. Aside from the natural beauty, the walk offers cultural opportunities in remote mountain towns where old traditions coexist with breathtaking scenery. In the quiet of the Himalayan wilderness, the overwhelming presence of the Kanchenjunga massif and its sweeping glaciers commands respect, serving as a reminder of nature's unparalleled beauty.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek Highlights

Region

Eastern Nepal

Duration

22 Days

Starting Price

USD 3,500.00

Group Size

7 Plus

Activities

Trekking

Transportation

Flight l Overland

Accommodation

Hotel, Lodge

Meal Plan

AP Plan

Trip Grade

Moderate - Strenous

Max. Altitude

5,145m

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

4-9 hours

Competency

Physically Fit


Trip Itinerary

  • 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).

    When you arrive at the airport, our company representative will greet you warmly and ensure a smooth transfer to the hotel. At the hotel, you will have the opportunity to meet our team. We plan to hold a pre-trek briefing in the evening, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. This gathering is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the other members of your group before we all proceed to enjoy a delicious dinner. During the welcome dinner, you will be able to taste authentic Nepalese cuisine and watch captivating cultural dance performances, immersing you in Nepal's rich cultural traditions.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02

    Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features Ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will learn about the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by Kathmandu's unique charm and spiritual ambiance.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03

    By Flight: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. Drive to Taplejung (1,800m)

    We start our trip by taking a morning flight to Bhadrapur, a small airport in eastern Nepal. The flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur lasts about 45 minutes and gives us a view of the big mountains. When we land, we head to Illam, our next stop, which is about 75 kilometers away. The drive takes around 3 hours and goes through beautiful mountain scenery, showing us Nepal's natural beauty. Illam is famous for its pretty tea plantations, similar to those in Darjeeling across the border in India. We travel by private bus, enjoying the scenic views along the way. Illam is situated between the Terai plains and the hills with crops and plants. We pass by winding roads surrounded by green tea fields until we reach the lovely village of Apu Khola. Finally, we arrive at Taplejung, which is where we start our journey to Kangchenjunga. It's been a long day of driving, more than 10 hours in the jeep, but as the evening comes, we're excited to reach our destination and begin the next part of our adventure.

    Flight: 45 min | Transfer: 242 km, 10 Hours | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 04

    By Jeep: Taplejung to Tapethok (1435m). Trek to Sekathum (1,650m)

    After a peaceful night's rest following a long journey, we set off again, this time in a rugged mountain jeep. The journey takes about 4 hours by Jeep, followed by an hour of walking to reach our next stop. The terrain along the way is filled with trees and rocks, and as we approach Tapethok, we start to see rice fields and bamboo plants peeking through. Our path continues with a long descent into the Ghunsa Khola gorge, navigating narrow and steep trails, bridges, and stairs until we reach Sakathum, where the valley begins to widen. Crossing another suspension bridge, we enter the narrower Ghunsa Khola Valley. Our camp for the night is at Sekathum, offering the first glimpses of the towering Himalayas, including the majestic Jannu peak, on clear days as we look up the Ghunsa valley.

    Transfer: 5 Hours by Jeep |  Walking Duration: 1 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +800 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -600 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05

    Sekathum to Amjilasa (2,498m)

    Today will undoubtedly be a challenging day, as we navigate through various terrains. We start by crossing the river and ascending a steep trail, only to descend again and cross the river once more. Subsequently, we face another climb from the gorge bottom, crossing by Solima, before descending once more to the river level. As the trail meanders along the gorge, caution is crucial while walking. After negotiating the uphill and downhill sections of the tricky terrain, we finally reach our destination, Amjilosa, concluding today's demanding yet fulfilling journey.

    Walking Duration: 3-4 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +850 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -600 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 06

    Amjilasa to Gyabla (2,725m)

    Upon departing from Amjilossa, we encounter a brief ascent leading to a ridge. The journey continues through enchanting lush bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests. As we advance, we descend towards Ghunsa Khola, reaching a place called Thyanyani. The trail offers a series of undulating stretches, and as we pass by a magnificent waterfall, the path culminates with a final steep climb to Gyabla, completing another rewarding segment of our trek.

    Walking Duration: 4-5 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +554 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -235 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 07

    Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,415m)

    We trek from Gyabla to Phole along a relatively easier path, enjoying cooler temperatures as we ascend above 3,000m. The landscape transforms, showcasing more rhododendrons and azaleas. We pass by the Ghunsa villagers' winter home along the way. In Phole village, we encounter a monastery and witness women weaving carpets. From there, it takes approximately 1 ½ hours to reach Ghunsa, a charming Tibetan village adorned with colorful prayer flags and wooden houses. The village offers lodges, shops, and a small Kanchenjunga Conservation Area office.

    Walking Duration: 5-6 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +850 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -165 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 08

    Acclimatization day at Ghunsa

    During our stay in Ghunsa, we allocate two nights to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude, which is crucial for a successful trek. To aid in our acclimatization process, it is recommended to engage in morning walks. One such trail leads us above the village to Lobsang La. This path reaches an altitude of 4,000m and takes approximately 3 hours to ascend from our camp. The return journey to Ghunsa from Lobsang La takes around 2 hours. This acclimatization hike allows us to adapt gradually to the higher elevation and ensures a safer and more enjoyable trekking experience.

    Walking Duration: 4-5 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +740 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -740 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 09

    Ghunsa to Khambachen (4,145m)

    After leaving Ghunsa, our trek takes us through a picturesque landscape of pine and rhododendron forests on the east bank of the Ghunsa Khola, passing Buddhist mani walls and chortens. After three hours, we safely cross the Ghunsa Khola on a bridge and take a lunch break at the tranquil Rampuk Kharka (3,720m). The mountain scenery becomes more breathtaking, with the majestic north face of Jannu providing a dramatic backdrop. However, due to the potential for rockfall, crossing the landslide area before Khambachen should be done with caution. The trail gracefully contours the hillside before descending to the Tibetan settlement of Khambachen, where houses nest harmoniously in a grassy plain surrounded by magnificent mountains, creating a serene and captivating atmosphere.

    Walking Duration: 3-4 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +870 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -220 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 10

    Khambachen to Lhonak (4,792m)

    From Khambachen, the trail follows a lateral moraine, taking us through a seasonal yak herder's camp at Ramtang (altitude: 4,370m) surrounded by azalea, juniper, and rhododendron vegetation. As we proceed, the terrain becomes rockier, and we pass beneath a landslide area, necessitating a steady pace and constant vigilance for potential rockfall. The route continues through rocky sections and moraines to the northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Finally, we reach the Lhonak campsite, located near stone huts, where we are rewarded with magnificent views of prominent peaks such as Wedge Peak (6,750m), Mera (6,344m), Nepal Peak (6,910m), and Twins (7,351m), among other stunning vistas.

    Walking Duration: 4-5 Hours |  Altitude Gain: +800 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -110 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11

    Hike to Pangpema (North Kanchenjunga BC) 5,140m

    From Lhonak, our journey continues along the trail on the lateral moraine of the Kanchenjunga Glacier for approximately two hours. Along the way, we encounter several sections of loose rocks and landslide areas, requiring careful navigation. After this, the trail ascends, leading us to stone huts situated in a picturesque grassy area known as Pangpema, which takes around two more hours to reach. Here, we are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the vast and impressive north face of Kanchenjunga. After enjoying our packed lunch with this magnificent backdrop, we begin our return journey back to Lhonak, which typically takes about three hours.

    Walking Duration: 6-7 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +640 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -640 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 12

    Lhonak to Ghunsa (3,415m)

    After our memorable time at Pangpema, we retrace our steps along the familiar trail, passing through Kambachen once again. The route takes us back to Ghunsa village, where we can relish the charm of this Tibetan settlement and immerse ourselves in the serene mountain surroundings. The return journey offers an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the landscape from a different perspective, making the trek back to Ghunsa a fulfilling and reflective experience.

    Walking Duration: 6-7 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +370 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,570 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 13

    Ghunsa to Selele La Phedi (4,290m)

    Leaving Ghunsa behind, our trek continues along a rocky trail through the forest. As we ascend, we encounter a ridge with a short yet steep section leading to the Sele La pass, situated at an altitude of 4,290m. The vistas from the pass are truly breathtaking, offering fantastic views of the surrounding landscape, including High Camp, which is approximately half an hour further along the trail. High Camp is a well-positioned area nestled in a sheltered spot, featuring wooden lodges and a charming small lake nearby. Moreover, from this vantage point, the distant and majestic Mount Makalu can also be seen, adding to the splendor of the experience.

    Walking Duration: 4-5 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +885 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -270 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 14

    Cross Mirgin La Pass (4,645m). Trek to Tseram (3,868m)

    Starting with an early morning departure from High Camp, we embark on an ascending trail towards our first pass, Sinion La, standing at an altitude of 4,440m. The path then gracefully contours the hillside, followed by a short yet steep climb leading to the breathtaking Mirgin La Pass, perched at 4,480m. After descending, the trail continues to contour before ascending once more to the top of Sinelapche La Pass at 4,840m, where awe-inspiring views await. Throughout the day, each pass offers magnificent panoramic vistas. From the final pass, a descent of 1,000m leads us to Tseram, a small settlement located above the Simbua Khola, with a tranquil and picturesque setting to conclude the day's trek.

    Walking Duration: 5-6 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +700 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,070 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 15

    Hike to Oktang (4,730m), back to Ramche (4,580m)

    In the morning, we embark on a hike to Ramche, where we'll have our lunch. The trail leads us past the snout of the Yalung glacier and into an ablation valley. This valley offers captivating views of various peaks along the India-Nepal border, including Koktang (6,147m), Rathong (6,679m), and the Kabrus, towering over 7,000m. Ramche welcomes us with a lake, a meadow, and two stone houses, providing a serene and picturesque setting. The grassy slopes above often attract blue sheep, offering a chance to witness these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

    In the afternoon, our journey continues as we follow the ablation valley to Oktang. This viewpoint grants us a remarkable sight of the South West face of Mount Kanchenjunga. The three main summits of the Kanchenjunga massif soar over 8,400m, and we can observe the climbing route that was historically conquered by Joe Brown and George Band in 1955. This vantage point at Oktang affords us an unforgettable opportunity to witness the grandeur of one of the world's highest mountains and relive a historic climbing feat.

    Walking Duration: 7-8 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +1,10 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -360 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 16

    Ramche to Tortong (3,000m)

    After the remarkable views at Oktang, we retrace our steps back to Tseram. The trail leads us along the river, winding through the enchanting rhododendron forest, offering a delightful and scenic walk. We continue our journey until we reach Tortong, where we will set up camp for the night. Tortong provides a tranquil and picturesque setting amidst the natural beauty of the region, allowing us to rest and rejuvenate after a day of exploration and adventure.

    Walking Duration: 5-6 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +170 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,830 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 17

    Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080m)

    Starting from Tortong, the trail takes us on an ascent through the forest, passing through a landslide zone. After approximately 3 hours of trekking, we reach our lunch spot at Lamite Bhanjang. Following a well-deserved break, we continue our journey, descending on a well-maintained path for around 2 hours, eventually crossing the Imja Khola. The trail then gracefully contours around the hillside before descending into the welcoming village of Yamphudin. This vibrant village is home to a diverse community, including Sherpas, Rais, Limbus, and Gurungs, adding a rich cultural experience to our trek. Additionally, Yamphudin houses the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area office, providing valuable insights into the local conservation efforts and the unique biodiversity of the region.

    Walking Duration: 6-7 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +890 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,830 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 18

    Yamphudin to Khebang (1,740m)

    The journey begins with a descent, crossing the Omje Khola, until reaching the midway point. Then, we commence an ascent through a lush jungle adorned with cardamom and orchid plants. Along the way, we pass a small village, witnessing various human settlements consisting of charming thatched-roof houses and local shops with limited provisions. As we proceed, the trail leads us to a steep ascent to Khebang Danda, offering magnificent views, before descending to the welcoming Khebang village. Khebang is a relatively larger village, where the local inhabitants practice both Hinduism and Buddhism, adding a unique cultural dimension to our trekking experience.

    Walking Duration: 5-6 Hour |  Altitude Gain: +990 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,290 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 19

    Drive to Illam

    The picturesque drive from Khebang to Illam offers a delightful journey through the stunning landscapes of eastern Nepal. Departing from Khebang, you traverse scenic routes and winding roads, passing charming villages and lush greenery along the way. Terraced tea gardens and panoramic views of the Himalayan foothills will greet you as you travel through the heart of the countryside. The drive, which takes approximately 5-6 hours, offers a blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences, making it an enriching and memorable trip to the tea-growing region of Illam.

    Transfer: 5-6 Hours l Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 20

    Drive to Bhadrapur. Fly back to Kathmandu

    The journey from Illam to Bhadrapur presents a delightful drive through the captivating landscapes of eastern Nepal. Departing from Illam, you'll traverse scenic routes that wind through lush tea gardens, charming villages, and picturesque countryside. The drive takes around 3-4 hours, providing ample opportunities to soak in the natural beauty and local culture of the region. Upon reaching Bhadrapur, you can catch a short domestic flight back to Kathmandu. The flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu takes approximately 45 minutes, offering stunning aerial views of the Himalayan peaks as you bid farewell to the mesmerizing landscapes of eastern Nepal and return to the bustling city of Kathmandu.

    Transfer: 3 Hours l Flight: 45 min l Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 21

    Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today we have free time to explore Kathmandu on our own. You could spend the day shopping for souvenirs, exploring the colorful streets and bazaars, or sampling the local cuisine. You could also go to some of the city's popular tourist attractions, such as Bhaktapur and Patan, which highlight Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. You could also participate in other activities such as hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate at one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you decide, make sure to take in the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 22

    Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport to depart. After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will collect our belongings and head to the airport. We will arrive at the airport on time to complete all of the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we leave this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking Himalayan views and appreciate the Nepalese people's warm hospitality and kindness. This concludes our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable experience in Nepal.

    Transfer: 25-30 min l Meal: Breakfast
Included in package cost
  • Airport Pick-Up and Drop: Private transportation will be arranged for your airport transfers before and after the trek.
  • Hotel Accommodation: You will have a total of 4 nights in Kathmandu staying in a twin-sharing room on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan.
  • City Cultural Tour: Enjoy a guided City Tour in Kathmandu with an experienced City Tour Guide, and all entrance and monument fees are included.
  • Transportation: Bhadrapur to Taplejung and Taplejung to Bhadrapur accompanied by our Nepalese crew.
  • Domestic flight: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Bhadrapur to Kathmandu accompanied by Guide.
  • Food during the Kanchenjunga Trek: Completly camping trek with full board, meaning all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek.
  • Accommodation and Equipment: Twin-sharing tented accommodation and camping equipment like mattresses, toilet tents, showers, dining tents, dining tables, chairs, etc., will be provided.
  • Trekking Staff: Well-experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide for groups of over 6 people, and Porters (at a ratio of 2:1). Their daily allowances, meals, and accommodation will be provided.
  • Insurance: Our Nepalese team members are covered by accidental and medical insurance.
  • Trekking Permits: Special permit for Kanchenjunga, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP) Entry Permit fee and TIMS card.
  • Taxes and Service Charges: All government-applicable taxes and the travel agency service charge are included in the package.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu: The cost of meals during your stay in Kathmandu is not included in the package. You will need to cover these expenses on your own.
  • Rescue/emergency and insurance cost: While accidental and medical insurance for the Nepalese staff is included, your personal rescue and emergency insurance are not covered in the package. It's essential to have proper insurance to cover any unforeseen situations during the trek.
  • Beverages, hard drinks, and alcohol: The package does not include the cost of beverages, alcoholic drinks, or any other personal refreshments.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during departure: The visa fee for entering Nepal and any applicable airport taxes during departure are not part of the package. You'll need to arrange and pay for the entry visa and any airport taxes as required.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses: You are responsible for providing your personal trekking equipment and any other personal expenses not mentioned in the package.
  • Tips: While tips for the trekking staff are at your discretion, it is customary to offer gratuities as a token of appreciation for their services.
  • Extra charges due to natural calamities: If there are unforeseen circumstances like political unrest, flight cancellations due to weather conditions, landslides, or any other natural calamities, any additional expenses arising from these situations should be borne by the trek participants themselves.

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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek presents a challenging and rewarding trekking adventure, encompassing the majestic Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain. This less-traveled and remote trail offers awe-inspiring vistas of towering peaks, serene valleys, and abundant flora and fauna, providing an unforgettable expedition for trekkers seeking an authentic Himalayan wilderness experience.

The duration of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek usually spans between 18 to 24 days, contingent on the selected itinerary and allocated acclimatization days. To ensure a safe and enjoyable journey amidst the high altitudes, it is recommended to include additional days for acclimatization. These extra days allow trekkers to gradually adapt to the challenging terrain and higher elevations, enhancing their overall experience and enabling them to fully immerse in the breathtaking natural beauty along the trail.

Indeed, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is renowned for its challenging nature, primarily due to factors such as its remote and isolated location, rugged and demanding terrain, as well as the significant altitudes encountered during the journey. To embark on this adventure, trekkers are advised to possess prior experience in high-altitude trekking and must be in excellent physical condition. Adequate preparation, training, and acclimatization are imperative for a successful and safe trek, ensuring trekkers can fully appreciate the beauty and grandeur of this remarkable Himalayan adventure.

Kanchenjunga Trek is best undertaken during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons, which offer the most favorable weather conditions for trekkers. Spring, spanning from March to May, presents clear skies, vibrant rhododendron blooms, and pleasant weather, making it an ideal time to explore the region's natural beauty. Similarly, autumn, occurring between September and November, provides stable weather and exceptional visibility, allowing trekkers to relish unobstructed views of the majestic peaks. Conversely, the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, resulting in challenging trekking conditions, while the winter months (December to February) expose trekkers to extreme cold temperatures, making these seasons less ideal for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Yes, a permit is required for the Kanchenjunga Trek. The trek falls under the restricted area, and a special permit is necessary for the Kanchenjunga region, as well as Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. These permits can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. Securing these permits is crucial to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the regions and to ensure responsible trekking practices. By obtaining the necessary permits, trekkers can enjoy a legal and fulfilling experience while exploring the captivating landscapes and diverse cultures along the Kanchenjunga Trekking. As permit requirements and regulations may change, it's essential to verify the latest information from official sources or registered trekking agencies before planning your trip.

During the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, accommodation options mainly comprise teahouses and basic lodges along the trail. While these accommodations may be simple and shared, they provide trekkers with warmth and comfort after a day of trekking. The teahouses offer a cozy atmosphere and are a popular choice for trekkers seeking a genuine local experience. As for food, the teahouses and lodges typically serve a variety of local Nepali dishes, as well as some international cuisine options. It is advisable for trekkers to carry energy bars and snacks to supplement their meals, ensuring sufficient sustenance during the trek. With proper preparation, trekkers can relish the local flavors and enjoy a rewarding dining experience amidst the stunning Himalayan scenery.

As the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek involves trekking at high altitudes and navigating challenging terrains, trekkers need to be aware of potential risks, including altitude sickness and physical exhaustion. To minimize these risks, proper acclimatization is essential, allowing the body to gradually adjust to the changing altitudes. Staying hydrated is crucial during the trek to prevent dehydration and aid acclimatization. Following the instructions and guidance of experienced trekking guides will also contribute to a safer and more enjoyable journey.

Before undertaking the trek, it is highly recommended to seek medical advice and consult a doctor, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions. A thorough health checkup will help assess your fitness level and determine if you are medically fit for the trek. By taking these precautions and adhering to safety measures, trekkers can significantly reduce the likelihood of encountering health-related challenges during the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.

For the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, it is essential to have the right gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of essential gear you should consider packing:

Clothing:

  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying long-sleeved tops and bottoms to provide insulation and regulate body temperature.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece jackets or down jackets to provide warmth in cold conditions.
  • Waterproof Jacket: A waterproof and breathable jacket to protect against rain, wind, and snow.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants with zip-off options for versatility.
  • Hiking Shorts: Comfortable shorts for warmer days or lower altitudes.
  • Thermal Underwear: Extra layer of thermal tops and bottoms for colder conditions.
  • Trekking Socks: Moisture-wicking, comfortable, and thick socks to keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
  • Headwear: Sun hat, beanie or warm hat, and a buff or neck gaiter for protection against the sun, wind, and cold.
  • Footwear:
    • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and waterproof boots with ankle support for comfortable and safe trekking. Trekking Sandals: Optional for wearing around the lodges during rest days or for lower-altitude walks.
    • Backpack:
      • Daypack: A comfortable and durable backpack with a capacity of around 20-30 liters for carrying your essential items during the trek.
      • Sleeping Gear:
        • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for temperatures down to freezing or lower, depending on the season.
        • Trekking Equipment:
          • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and lightweight trekking poles to provide stability and support during the trek.
          • Headlamp: A headlamp with extra batteries for visibility during early morning starts or in case of power outages.
          • Water Bottle: Reusable water bottles or a hydration bladder to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
          • Accessories:
            • Sunglasses: UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from the strong sunlight at high altitudes. Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen protects your skin from intense sun rays.
            • First Aid Kit: A basic medical kit including bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any necessary personal medications.
            • Toiletries: Travel-sized toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and a small towel.
            • Electronics: Camera, extra batteries, power bank, and charging cables.
            • It's important to note that the gear requirements may vary depending on the season and your personal preferences. It's advisable to check with your trekking company or travel agency for a detailed gear list specific to the Mustang Trek, as they may have additional recommendations or requirements. Additionally, it's recommended to pack light and bring only the essentials to avoid carrying excessive weight during the trek.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended and often required for the Kanchenjunga Trek. It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including medical emergencies and evacuation. Here are some key aspects to consider when choosing travel insurance for the Mustang Trek:

  • Medical Coverage: Ensure that your travel insurance provides coverage for high-altitude trekking and any potential medical emergencies that may arise during the trek. This includes coverage for altitude sickness, accidents, injuries, and emergency medical evacuation by helicopter if necessary.
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Look for insurance that offers coverage in case of trip cancellation or interruption due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, injury, or natural disasters.
  • Evacuation Coverage: Verify that your insurance covers emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitudes, as this can be necessary in case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies.
  • Baggage and Gear Coverage: Consider insurance that provides coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged baggage and trekking gear, as well as any additional equipment you may be carrying.
  • Personal Liability: Check if the insurance includes personal liability coverage in case of accidental damage or injury to others during the trek.
  • It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy to ensure it meets your specific needs and provides adequate coverage for the Kanchenjunga Trekking. Be sure to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider and understand any exclusions or limitations in the policy. Remember to carry a copy of your travel insurance policy and emergency contact information with you during the trek.

Safety is of utmost importance when trekking the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. There are several key factors to consider in order to ensure a safe journey. First and foremost, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the increasing elevation. It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Being aware of the weather conditions is vital as well. Stay updated on the current weather forecasts and be prepared for any changes that may occur. Sudden weather shifts can affect the trail conditions and your overall safety. Carrying a basic first aid kit is highly recommended. It should include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, painkillers, and any necessary medications. Additionally, having travel insurance is a wise precautionary measure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that may arise during your trek.

Lastly, it is essential to follow the guidance of experienced guides or porters. They possess valuable knowledge of the region, the trail, and potential challenges. They can provide insights, offer assistance, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Before embarking on the trek, always check the current trekking conditions and any possible trail closures. This will help you plan your route accordingly and avoid any hazardous situations. By taking these safety considerations into account, you can have a more secure and enjoyable experience while trekking the Kanchenjunga.

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Certified by the Government of Nepal and proficient in English, our Trekking Guide from Ethic Himalaya is designated to accompany you from the moment of your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure. Entrusted with the pivotal role of ensuring the triumph of your expedition, he holds the authority to steer its course. We encourage you to actively engage with him by seeking clarification through inquiries and, most importantly, by adhering to his expert counsel.

  • Trekking Guide: The Trekking Guide is the overall leader of the team. Often starting as a porter or kitchen assistant, the Sirdar commands respect from the entire team. Their experience and leadership are invaluable in ensuring the trek's success.
  • Cook (Applicable for tent trekking): The Cook is in charge of meal preparation. They hold the responsibility for crafting delicious and nourishing dishes for the team. A vital role, especially in tent-based treks, where quality meals are crucial for the trekkers' well-being.
  • Kitchen Assistant (Applicable for tent trekking): The Kitchen Assistant, commonly known as the kitchen boy, assists the Cook actively. The number of assistants depends on the group's size. This role serves as a stepping stone towards becoming a Cook and involves hands-on support in the kitchen.
  • Assistant Guide or Sherpa: The Assistant Guide or Sherpa assists and guides clients, regardless of their ethnic background. Their numbers vary based on the group's size, with a ratio of 4:1 Assistant Guides to clients.
  • Porters: Nepal's mountainous terrain has a rich tradition of human porterage, an ancient practice that persists to this day. Some porters associated with agencies request loads exceeding 25 kg to earn higher wages. We are committed to compensating extra for each kilo beyond 25 kg to the porters. However, to prevent exploitation and manage the porters' physical strain, we kindly urge trekkers to be conscious of their baggage weight. Baggage exceeding 25/30 kg places additional strain on the porters and is best avoided. Your cooperation in maintaining reasonable loads ensures the well-being of both trekkers and porters.

You move on foot with a light backpack, containing your personal belongings necessary for the day (water bottle, camera, protective clothing...). The rest of the equipment is carried by the porters to the next accommodation. We ask everyone not to exceed 13 kg for the bag that will be carried by the porters. You will be able to leave your belongings at the hotel in Kathmandu and pick them up when you return from trekking.

NB: On your arrival at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a suitable travel bag, in thick canvas. You will transfer your belongings there and can leave your bag or suitcase at the hotel. Although relatively waterproof, it is preferable to compartmentalize your belongings in plastic bags or waterproof sub-bags.

Nepal is a mountainous country, the tradition of human carrying dates back to the dawn of time, and still continues today. The porters earn little, but the income from this activity is still more lucrative than other manual tasks. Without trekkers, the mountain populations would live even more poorly, and the porters would lose their means of subsistence.

The standard load must not exceed 25 kg per male/female carrier (outside the scope of expeditions). At the request of male carriers, their load can be increased within the limit of a maximum ceiling of 45 kilos. For each kilo over 25 kg, the carrier is awarded additional compensation.

We ask you, moreover, to make an effort to limit the weight of your bag entrusted to the porters:

  • At most 13 kg for a trek in a lodge or in a tent
  • At most 16 kg (including 3 kg for technical equipment) for a trek with summit ascent.

In addition, Ethic Himalaya takes care to take out insurance for the porters. Specific equipment is allocated to them for passages of the collar in altitude (even if often the carriers refuse to put the shoes for lack of habit...).

We strictly prohibit our local teams from hiring porters under the age of 16. This instruction is not always well understood by the Nepalese themselves. Reporting, on your return, abuses observed on the spot is insufficient. As a responsible traveler, it is also your responsibility to help us enforce this right by reporting any breaches to your guide and demanding that this part of the contract be honored from the start of the trek.

We are dedicated to providing an exceptional culinary experience during your camping trek in Nepal. Our commitment to taste and nutrition ensures that your energy is replenished after a challenging day on the trail. Here's how we elevate your dining experience:

  • Breakfast: Start your day with nourishing choices. Pick from hearty porridge, or assorted cereals, or opt for freshly made chapatis or toast. Enjoy eggs prepared to your liking. Sip on a variety of hot beverages, including classic tea, herbal infusions, rich hot chocolate, and coffee from our Bialetti Moka machine.
  • Lunch: At midday, take a well-deserved break by a convenient trail spot with water access. Our skilled kitchen team departs early to prepare lunch upon your arrival. After your meal, relax before resuming the afternoon trek.
  • Dinner: Upon reaching camp, savor light refreshments like biscuits and a choice of tea or coffee. Around 6 pm, indulge in a lavish three-course dinner served in the cozy mess tent. Kick off with delightful starters, often soup with popcorn or poppadoms. Our diverse main dishes include various proteins and carbs like rice, potatoes, or pasta. We accommodate diverse dietary preferences, offering vegetarian and other dietary-specific options. If meat dishes are served, vegetarian equivalents are standard. Before departure, we gather your dietary details to tailor the menu accordingly. Feel free to ask about our offerings – your satisfaction matters most to us.
  • Dietary Preferences and Allergies: When you reserve your trip with us, kindly let us know if you follow a specific diet, have dietary restrictions, or have allergies. Our field teams are dedicated to accommodating your needs as best as possible. Yet, please be aware that local constraints might limit the variety of alternative menus we can provide.
  • Boosting Energy for Demanding Journeys: For trips involving rigorous physical activity, it's wise to plan ahead. Consider bringing extra items like energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates to ensure you maintain adequate calorie intake. This proactive approach will help sustain your energy levels throughout your adventure.

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

  • Transfers: Airport pick up and drop by Private vehicle.
  • Private Transportation: Bhadrapur to Taplejung and Khebang to Bhadrapur.
  • Domestic flight: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Bhadrapur to Kathmandu.

We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages incurred if this safety provision is not complied with by you.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

Kanchenjunga Trek, set in a remote and less populated environment, lacks lodges, teashops, and guesthouses. Consequently, a comprehensive full-board camping setup is meticulously organized, complete with experienced guides, skilled cooks, Sherpas, and diligent porters who oversee all aspects of your journey. Porters manage gear transport and personal belongings, while culinary experts prepare nourishing meals. Accommodation consists of two trekkers per tent, and our trekking cook ensures fresh food. The day starts with hot tea around 6 to 7 AM, followed by cleansing and breakfast before trekking. With a flexible pace allowing for sightseeing and a lunch break after approximately 3 hours, the afternoon trek leads to the next campsite by 4 to 5 PM, complemented by tea and snacks. As evening approaches, the dining tent is prepared for dinner service around 6 to 7 PM, featuring thoughtful design and lantern lighting to underscore our commitment to an exceptional trekking experience.

Clients are required to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that could affect their fitness to travel or any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. Failure to notify the Company of such conditions, leading to cancellation, will result in the Client incurring 100% cancellation fees.

Trekking in Nepal involves long hours of walking daily, ranging from 3-10 hours and sometimes even up to 8-12 hours in high passes. To prepare for this physically demanding journey, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of daily walking or jogging exercise for at least three months before embarking on the Nepal Trekking. This preparation is essential to endure the challenges of high-altitude conditions and remote areas for extended periods.

For a successful and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal, participants must possess strong willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, a high level of fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses. It's vital to consult a doctor for necessary vaccinations and other medical requirements before the trip. Additionally, Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking for the trek. Being well-prepared physically and medically is crucial to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Trekking equipment is vital for a successful trek. High-quality gear, including proper clothing like moisture-wicking layers, insulating jackets, and waterproof outerwear, ensures comfort and safety in varying weather conditions.

    Clothing:
  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Trekking pants and/or convertible pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants (shell)
  • Thermal socks and regular socks
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Sturdy and waterproof trekking boots or hiking shoes
  • Sandals or lightweight footwear for relaxing at lodges/camps
  • Headwear:
  • Sun hat or cap with a wide brim
  • Beanie or warm hat for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for protecting against wind and dust
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
  • Handwear:
  • Lightweight gloves (for lower altitudes)
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens (for higher altitudes)
  • Backpack and Daypack:
  • Reliable trekking backpack (60-80 liters) for porters to carry
  • Comfortable medium-sized daypack for your daily essentials
  • Sleeping Gear:
  • High-quality sleeping bag suitable for the trek's temperature range
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)
  • Hydration and Water Purification:
  • Water bottles or hydration bladder (2 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or a reliable water filter
  • Trekking Poles (optional but helpful for stability and reducing strain)
  • Personal Items:
  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Sufficient cash and cards (local currency and some USD)
  • Personal identification and travel insurance documents
  • Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) card
  • Camera with extra batteries/charger
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic devices
  • Personal toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
  • Electronics:
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mobile phone with a local SIM card (for communication and GPS)
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • Trekking Map and Guidebook (if applicable)
  • Snacks and Energy Bars
  • Emergency Whistle and Multi-tool

Being well-prepared with the right equipment allows adventurers to focus on embracing nature's beauty and conquering challenging trails with confidence. Always prioritize quality and reliability when selecting your trekking gear. Pack efficiently, and consider the weather conditions and altitude of your trek to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Prioritize comfort and safety to make the most of your trekking adventure.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension Fee
  • Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days additional USD 5 per day a late fine.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

Trekking members are required to submit passport copies and passport photographs for trekking permits before their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either by mail or through a post box. Ensuring timely submission of these documents allows us to process the necessary trekking permits in advance, streamlining the trekking arrangements and ensuring a smooth start to the adventure once in Nepal.

This will be validated with your doctor, taking into account the recommendations of remount doctors, responsible for your safety during the trip. It will contain:

  • Treatment of altitude pulmonary edema (Nifedipine 20LP or Sildenafil50).
  • Treatment of altitude cerebral edema (Betamethasone).
  • Treatment of acute mountain sickness (Acetazolamide).
  • Blood thinner (aspirin).
  • Analgesic (Paracetamol).
  • Powerful analgesic (Tramadol).
  • Anti-diarrheal (Racecadotril).
  • Anti-spasmodic (Phloroglucinol).
  • Anti-emetic (Domperidone).
  • Anti-acid for heartburn.
  • Intestinal antibiotic (Metronidazole).
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Azithromycin).
  • Anti-inflammatories (tablets and ointment).
  • Antitussive (in tablets).
  • Lozenges for colds and sore throats.
  • Ophthalmic healing (Vitamin A Dulcis).
  • Tick tweezers, splinter, and blister needle, tweezers, 2/3 safety pins.
  • Disinfectant wipes, adhesive dressings (various sizes), double skin, 6 cm adhesive tape, Steri-strip.
  • Anti allergic treatment and cream against itching.
  • BIA fine and sunscreen.
  • Purifying tablets for water.
  • Appropriate antimalarial treatment, antiphrastic powder, and mosquito repellent.
  • Your personal medications

If you are traveling with children, minors are subject to the same obligations as adults (visa, passport, etc.): see above.

  • Formalities for leaving county territory

To leave the territory, all minors usually residing regardless of their nationality, if they are not accompanied by a holder of parental authority, must present the following three documents:

  • Identity document: Identity card or passport according to the requirements of the country of destination.
  • Authorization to leave the territory signed by one of the parents with parental authority.
  • Photocopy of the signatory parent's identity document.

Well, there is no fixed rate for tipping in Nepal. When our field staff is picked up from the trek starting points, they will bid you goodbye on the last day of your trek completion day. Most staff will simply accept whatever you give and never count the money in front of you. Although your guide may be with you on the next day too, best to tip him along with others in the group. Most of the trekkers are still confused about the tipping amount. They fear either giving too little or too much. We have tried to put together a guideline about a reasonable amount of tipping suitable for most cases. The amount of tipping and the rates expected will also vary depending on the length of the trek and the challenges involved. To calculate the amounts generally applied, multiply the daily amount given to each position by the number of working days.

Daily amount per item:
  • English-speaking guide USD 3 to USD 4 per day/participant.
  • Porter USD 1 per day /participant.
  • Driver USD 1 to USD 2 per day/participant.

The tripping amount mentioned above is communally in the case of a group trip, not individually. If you are a solo traveler, the tipping amount can be slightly less by a few dollars per day.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a challenging and adventurous trek that takes you through the remote and stunning landscapes of the Kanchenjunga region in Nepal. The climate along this trek can vary significantly due to the diverse altitudes and changing landscapes. Here's an overview of the climate you can expect during different seasons:

    Spring (March to May):
  • Spring is one of the best times for the Kanchenjunga Trek.
  • Temperatures gradually warm up, and the weather becomes more stable.
  • Daytime temperatures at lower altitudes (starting point) can range from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F).
  • At higher altitudes, temperatures will be cooler, especially at night, dropping to around -5°C to -10°C (23°F to 14°F).
  • The trek offers clear skies, beautiful rhododendron forests in bloom, and excellent visibility of the surrounding mountain peaks.
  • Summer (June to August):
  • Summer is the monsoon season in Nepal, and the Kanchenjunga Trek is not recommended during this time.
  • Heavy rainfall, landslides, and slippery trails can make trekking dangerous and difficult.
  • Autumn (September to November):
  • Autumn is another popular season for the trek.
  • The weather is stable, with clear skies and excellent visibility of the mountains.
  • Daytime temperatures at lower altitudes range from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F), while nighttime temperatures at higher altitudes drop to around -10°C (14°F).
  • The landscapes are lush and vibrant after the monsoon season, making it a great time for trekking.
  • Winter (December to February):
  • Winter is the coldest time for the Kanchenjunga Trek.
  • The temperatures at lower altitudes can range from 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F) during the day.
  • At higher altitudes, especially in the high passes, temperatures can drop to -20°C to -30°C (-4°F to -22°F) or even lower.
  • Snowfall is common in the higher reaches, so be prepared for cold conditions.

It's essential to pack accordingly for the specific season you choose for the trek. Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions, especially as you gain altitude. Layering your clothing is a good strategy to adapt to changing temperatures. It's also advisable to check the weather forecast before starting the trek and to be aware of any potential altitude-related challenges.

The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

To secure your booking for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

For Kanchenjunga Trek, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

  • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
  • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
  • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
  • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
  • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

The price listed on our website covers a group size of 6 to 15 individuals for the Kanchenjunga Trek. Upon request, this trip can be arranged as a private experience, starting with a minimum of two participants. For group bookings involving 15 or more people, there's a substantial discount available, which includes the opportunity for one person to join the trip for free. We understand that many clients have questions about their preferred dates. However, our pricing is influenced by the following factors:

  • Group Size: The cost of the trip varies based on the number of participants in the group.
  • Accommodation Tier and Budget: The selection of hotel accommodations and the budget preferences of clients play a role in determining the overall cost.
  • Customization: We're open to adjusting the trekking itinerary to suit your available time and specific requirements.
  • Extra Services: If you wish to incorporate additional services, we can discuss and mutually agree upon adjustments to the price.
  • Support Staff: The presence of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters can impact the overall cost.

Feel free to reach out to us for further clarification or to tailor the trip to your preferences. We aim to provide a transparent and flexible pricing structure that aligns with your needs.

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