Though Nepal is geographically small country, it is blessed with a vast variety of trekking routes.
There are short and long routes, easy and challenging routes, busy and remote routes. There are different trekking routes for adventure and avid trekkers, young trekkers and even families.
If you’re looking to escape the crowds and experience an untouched environment then the Kanchenjunga trek is for you !!!
Kanchenjunga region has incredible natural beauty. It is home to vast rhododendron forests and third world highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga. Indeed, this region is remote, rugged, and alluring.
Kanchenjunga tea house trek not only challenges you physically but also stir you by forcing you to widen the cultural lens via which you observe the world and the region.
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Highlights of Kanchenjunga Tea House Trek
- Explore the spectacular Tibetan village; Ghunsa and Pang Pema
- Experience the wilderness trekking experience in the remotest areas of Nepal
- Exciting trekking experience around the world third highest peak Mt. Kanchenjunga
- The exciting time around both Kanchenjunga base camp; north and south
- Challenging the high mountain pass like Sele La Pass, Pang Pema pass
- Experience the glacier walk on Yalung Glacier
- Experience the local culture of Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu people
- Walk via diverse landscape from sub-tropical pristine forest to high alpine passes
- Scenic view of Mt. Makalu 5th highest mountain in the world
Kanchenjunga Tea House Trekking Routes
Kanchenjunga lies on the far eastern side of Nepal, near the border with Sikkim, India. It is a second highest peak in Nepal with an elevation of 8,586 meters.
To preserve the region’s prestigious natural and cultural beauty, Nepal government has declared it restricted trekking areas.
Thus, only limited visitors are allowed to trek in this particular region.
This adventurous trek starts with the 45-minute picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Suketar airport.
The trekking trail comes across through Kanchenjunga Conservation, a home to a diverse wildlife and several endangered bird species.
Some endangered wild species include Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, and Serow Assamese Macaque.
Kanchenjunga trek Nepal offers the varieties of scenery. The trail traverse through ancient monasteries, mani walls, terraced fields, and rhododendron forests.
On the way, you’ll also experience a diversity of Nepalese culture. You’ll encounter from Rai, Limbus to Tibetan people throughout the journey.
The breathtaking mountain view, isolated trekking path, and enriched diverse culture. This trekking expedition is truly breathtaking!!!
You’ll get an amazing view of glittering peaks, incredible glaciers, and beautiful landscapes.
Since it is located in a remote region, it is popularly known as one of the best attractive camping treks in Nepal.
Trekkers used to carry their tent, with big crew members of guide, kitchen staffs, porter, the camping trek was held.
But present scenario is totally changed !!!
Present-day several tea houses are opened on the Kanchenjunga trail. Tea houses are built by a local community.
A basic rule is the tea houses lower down on the trail are better. The obvious reason is, at lower altitude, it is easier to get things and run a better operation.
On the trail, there are good enough teahouses up to Ghunsa on the north side of Kanchenjunga. Kambachen, Loank, Pang Pema has stone huts for accommodations.
These huts are operated as teahouses and lodges by local.
Although the services are basic, the hospitality of the local people is undeniably phenomenal.
Taplejung is a starting point of the trek (north to south). Before Taplejung, you may spend a night in Birtamod or Illam. In both towns, there are different options of accommodations ranging from normal to deluxe. You can choose on the basis of your personal choice.
On the trail, in the few villages like Chirwa, Amjilosa there are only two teahouses available. The room is basic and food menu are too simple. You’ll get traditional Nepalese dish “Dal Bhat”.
Kanchenjunga trek Nepal offers three possible trekking route i.e;
Kanchenjunga Circuit trek offers a great opportunity to trek in the wilderness. This trekking trail leads you to the remote and isolated mountain village enrich with ancient traditions and cultures.
Kanchenjunga Circuit trek involves both north and south base camp trek. It takes quite a long time to complete this whole circuit trek.
But the picturesque landscape, traditional village, local ethnic culture makes this trek more memorable.
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek is one of the possible trekking routes of Kanchenjunga trek Nepal.
During the entire Kanchenjunga trek, you’ll get the best tea house in Ghunsa village. There are almost nine guesthouses. Almost all teahouses have a nice room with comfortable bed. There is no any electricity problem.
In few villages, you can also go camping. Lhonak can be a perfect place for camping. It has a small yak pasture with a few huts.
Pang Pema is the highest point of the trek. Actually, Pang Pema is the alternative name for the Kanchenjunga north base camp. It is one of the national treasures of Nepal.
The place is large grassy plain and surrounded by the incredible peaks of Kanchenjunga region.
It is important to know about Kanchenjunga Base Camp Weather.
Kanchenjunga South Base Camp
Kanchenjunga south base camp is second options. It is far easier to trek than north base camp. This region is inhabited by Rai, Limbu and Sherpa people.
During the trek, you’ll visit major villages like Yamphuding and Marmangkhe. Here you’ll witness the local culture worth to visit.
Here you’ll get a basic type of accommodation. Also, these facilities are not available throughout the year.
Kanchenjunga trek is one of the remotest treks in Nepal. So, don’t expect too much like luxurious tea houses similar to Everest and Annapurna region.
Finally, staying at the local tea houses offers you an opportunity to contribute to the local economy and communities.
On Kanchenjunga south side trail, Ramche is the last place where you’ll find the last hotel to stay.
Kanchenjunga tea house trek offers thrilling trekking experience. You also get to experience the local culture and get a close insight of the daily lifestyle of the high mountain people.
If you have enough time and want to taste the real wilderness then you can opt for Kanchenjunga Circuit trek. As I already said before, this circuit trek involves both base camps.
But if you can’t manage extra time and want a short trip then you can go either for Kanchenjunga South Base Camp or Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.
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