Kanchenjunga Trekking is one of the most gorgeous trekking trails in Nepal. The trek takes you to one of the peak massifs in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga. Kanchenjunga means ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’ in the Tibetan language. They denote the five summits that makeup Kanchenjunga range. Kanchenjunga Trekking is an unspoiled trekking trail in eastern Nepal. It is a restricted trekking territory. You must trek with a local guide and at least 2 trekkers. This is the most followed rule set by the Government of Nepal.
The trail to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is less crowded. The trek plunders the trekkers with a unique insight into the remote part of Eastern Nepal. Also, you can observe the rural lifestyles in the region. Trekking in Kanchenjunga tenders the most beautiful Himalayan scenery. You will perceive the best outlook of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu, and Jahnu Himal. You will also see gigantic heights of Mt. Rohtang and Kabru above a moraine on the Nepal-Sikkim border. During the trail, you will see the regular changes in the landscape. The trek offers diversified flora and wildlife. On the trek, we will pass through the cosseted areas of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. We can observe numerous wildlife and birds like pheasant, dragon, snow leopard, black bear, red panda, etc.
Trip Highlights of Kanchenjunga Trekking
- Magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Jannu, Mera Peak, and many others.
- The beautiful remote villages in the Kanchenjunga region.
- Exploration of both Kanchenjunga Base Camps.
- Experience of walking over the glaciers.
- Pristine Rhododendron forest and the high alpine passes.
- The settlements of Tibetan refugees on the Kanchenjunga Trekking Routes.
- Wildlife species in Kanchenjunga region like musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep.
Best Time for Kanchenjunga Trekking
Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the finest time for Kanchenjunga Trekking. During these times, the weather and temperature are more favorable for travel. Kanchenjunga Trekking is possible throughout the year. But in monsoon, the recurrent rainfall adds complexities to the trek. In winter, the expanse is very cold. So, Kanchenjunga trekking in off-seasons is doable, but it is very difficult.
Trek Difficulties during Kanchenjunga Trekking
The Kanchenjunga Trekking is a long period trek. Trekkers often feel fatigued in the middle of the trek. So, be mentally prepared before you start the trek. The trek isn’t easy. There are recurrent ups and downs. Some are very steep and risky. During the trek some days, you will have to walk for 8 to 9 hours.
For that, you will need a healthy body and a vigorous mind. You can get some physical training before you go. Make sure that you can walk for 7 to 8 hours a day. There are different sections on the trail with the possibility of landslides. Mainly in the rainy season and in winter, you must have trepidation of landslides and avalanches. While walking through harsh sections, you might feel low in energy. Many trekkers feel that. So, get some energy bars or chocolates. Always be careful while ascending or descending over the glaciers, and other uneven sections.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Permit Preparation and half day sightseeing
Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur (40 – 45 min) and drive Phidim (4 hrs), Tea House Accommodation.
Day 04: Drive to Taplejung (1,820m/5970ft) 8hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 05: Trek to Chirwa (1,270m/4166ft) 6 -7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 06: Trek to Amjlosa (2,520m/8266ft) 8-9 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 07: Trek to Gyabla (2,730m/8955ft) 4 -5 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 08: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m/11791ft) 5 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa.
Day 10: Trek to Kambachen (4,050m/13286ft) 5 – 6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 11: Trek to Lhonak (4,780m/15780ft) 7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 12: Trek to Pangpema (5,065m/16615ft) 6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 13: Exploring Pangpema Area
Day 14: Trek Back to Ghunsa (5,140m/16860ft) 7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 15: Trek to Sele le (4,290m14073ft) 6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 16: Trek Sele la, Sinion La Pass, Mirgin La Pass, Sinelapcha La Pass and Tseram (3,870m/12695ft) 8 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 17: Hike to Oktang Base Camp (5,364m/17559ft) 7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 18: Trek to Torangden (2,995m/9825ft) 7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 19: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m/6824ft) 7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 20: Trek Down to Khebang (1,910m/6266ft) 7-8 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 21: Trek to Khandembe (1,420m/4658ft) 8-9 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 22: Trek to Tharpu (1600m/5248m) 4 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 23: Drive to Bhadrapur by Bus ( 8 -9 HRS) Hotel Accommodation
Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu (40 – 45 minutes) Hotel Accommodation.
Day 25: Final Departure