Nepal is undoubtedly a trekker’s paradise. Home to the several highest peaks, the country has some most exciting off-beaten trekking trails.
Kanchenjunga trek Nepal is one of the best off-beaten treks in Nepal. It offers the most amazing adventure in one of Nepal’s remotest areas.
Though it lies in a very remote area Kanchenjunga offers an ultimate adventure trek !!!
The rocky terrain, wild landscape, unexplored natural ecstasy, and quaint environment are some basic features of Kanchenjunga trek Nepal. It is one of the least visited trekking regions in Nepal.
Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest mountain with an elevation of 8,586 meters. It lies far eastern side of Nepal, near the border with Sikkim, India.
The trail goes through pine forests, rhododendron forests and bamboo jungle. Along the trail, you’ll visit different vibrant villages. During the trek, you’ll encounter with different ethnic peoples. Lower valleys are inhabited by Limbu people whereas in the higher hills there are Gurung, Rai, and Sherpas people.
During whole entire Kanchenjunga trek Nepal Journey you’ll encounter with a various diverse landscape. With the diverse landscape and weather, the culture and traditions are also diverse.
Kanchenjunga conservation area is home to several rare wild species including red-panda, black bear, musk deer, blue sheep, and the snow leopard. There are more than 1200 species of flowering plant, 69 types of orchid and 30 varieties of rhododendron.
Kanchenjunga trekking area is believed to be the home of the legendary Yeti. Special restricted permits are needed to walk over pristine conservation areas. Solo hiking is not allowed and the local guides are essential to obtain permits.
During the trek, you’ll explore the unique settlements, monasteries, and gompas. Through the entire trekking journey, you’ll enjoy the great hospitality of the locals.
A trek to Kanchenjunga will be your unforgettable adventure into the heart of the Himalaya. Come, explore the unexplored regions and taste the wilderness !!!
Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is considered as one of the longest and remotest treks in Nepal.
Depending on your trekking route, there are a number of possible Kanchenjunga base camp trek itineraries. Though the trekking in this region requires little long time the wilderness of unexplored corner of the Himalayas makes it more worthwhile.
Normally, there are two trekking routes to reach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp i.e. the north and south. If you want to add some little adventure and challenges then you can also opt for Kanchenjunga Circuit trek. This circuit involves trekking in both Northern and Southern Camp in one same trip.
If you want shorter version then you may choose any two base camp either Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek or Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek.
North trekking route is little challenging compared to the south trekking route. If you take northern side the highest trekking point will be Pang Pema from where you can witness the beautiful glaciers and the peak of Kanchenjunga.
Next trekking route is the south base camp trek which is also the most preferred one. Though the trail is comparatively easy there is no any need to compromise in the natural beauty, landscape, and settlement.
The starting point of the Kanchenjunga trek is Taplejung. Basically, there are different options to reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
The first option is you can take a flight to Suketar and hike down to Taplejung. This is one of the convenient options to start Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek.
Next one is you can take flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung. If you’re not on the tight schedule then you can also drive from Kathmandu to Taplejung with an overnight in Bhadrapur or Birtamod. This will be a great way to get a close insight of local culture and people.
It is relatively unknown trekking trail so it is a lot quieter than famous Annapurna Circuit trek and Everest Base Camp trek. But like popular trekking region, Kanchenjunga also shares the similar incredible views and panoramas.
Kanchenjunga trek can be done on both tea house and camp trekking style. Kanchenjunga tea house trek is comparatively short in time then camping trek.
In the most popular trekking areas like Annapurna and Everest region, you can easily find a different level of teahouses. However, in the Kanchenjunga region, the teahouses are simply the local homes with a room. The standard of the teahouses is basic where you’ll get a bed and a shared toilet.
But staying with the locals at their home will offer you chance to get to know the locals. These type of opportunities are rarely possible on the more popular trekking routes. For the local culture lover, this is the best opportunity to involve with local people staying in their homes and sharing their food, culture, and lifestyle.
Now, this remote region is becoming slowly accessible. As many villages have at least one tiny shops selling a few basic stuff including sweets and biscuits.
The Kanchenjunga base camp trek cost varies according to the style of trekking, mode of transportation, and a total number of trekking days.
Kanchenjunga tea house trek tends to be cheaper than camping trek. Fully organized camping trek requires a team of guide, cook, Sherpa, and porters. But being away from the crowds staying at own wilderness on the camping ground middle of nature surely offers a truly memorable trekking experience.
Besides this trekking route require special trekking permits, Kanchenjunga conservation area entry permits, and trekkers information management system (TIMS). Also, you’re not allowed to trek solo in this region the cost of hiring guide and porters and permit cost fairly increased the trip costs of Kanchenjunga trek.
Kanchenjunga trek is classified as a demanding trek in terms of remoteness and altitude. The starting point of the trek is at Taplejung you’ll be at an altitude of over 1800 m. Many of people are not used to these altitudes. But don’t worry Kanchenjunga base camp trek itinerary involves enough acclimatization days.
Normally, the elevations gains will be in the range of 400-800 m each day. During the trek, when there is a significant gain in the altitude then you’ll get an acclimatization day for some sightseeing and exploration of surrounding areas. This will also help you to get adjusted to the high altitude.
The highest point on Kanchenjunga trek from the southern side is situated at Ramche, 4,610 m above the sea level. It is reached by following the trail of Yanglung Glacier.
Whereas the highest point of Kanchenjunga northern base camp is situated at Pang Pema, 5,100 m above the sea level. It is reached by a following the moraine of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Basecamp located above the glacier offers a stunning view of the north face of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang (Kanchenjunga west).
Comparison to other popular trekking trails like Everest and Annapurna, this trekking trail receives far few trekkers.
The trekkers should be physically and mentally fit enough to walk for at least 6 hours a day. You might have to walk over the slippery and steep trails. You may have to cross the high passes.
The trekking trails also involve long climbs, rocky terrain, and steep descents. Thus, for all this previous trekking experience will add little advantage.
Spring (April to May) and Autumn (September to November) are an ideal time for the trekking in the Kanchenjunga region.
During both seasons, the weather is pleasant and the views are also good. The days are sunny and warm but during the night the temperatures fall below freezing level.
In autumn season, with the pleasant temperature, the scenery is also good. There is still little greenery left at the lower trails. The sky is blue you’ll get to enjoy the great panoramic views of surroundings.
Spring is a second best time for trekking in Kanchenjunga region. At the beginning of the spring season, the high passes might be closed. The temperature tends to slowly rise in the middle of the season. And at the end of the season, the climate is hot and humid.
Also, during this season, the spectacular blooming rhododendron flower along the trail makes the trek more enjoyable.
During the winter season, crossing the Sela La Pass is challenging. Thus, you’ll hardly encounter the trekkers along the trail. Most of the teahouses are also closed. This is a great time for those trekkers seeking for unique trekking experience.
During the monsoon, the trail is slippery, muddy and there is also a high chance of landslides and flood in this region. So the trekking during this time of the year might be little risky.
In this way, depending on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp weather you can finalize the best trekking time for yourself.
Kanchenjunga is the starting trek for The Great Himalayan Trail. The mighty Kanchenjunga glacier is the center of the attraction of Kanchenjunga trek Nepal.
The beauty of Kanchenjunga is unbeatable !!!
Kanchenjunga trek Nepal offers a good opportunity to explore the mystic and virgin places. This region is enriched with culturally as well as naturally which is still out of touch with the modern world.
Thus, you’ll feel the completely different world with amazing lifestyle and pristine natural wonders.
It’s challenging but utterly fab trek !!!
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