Kangchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world. This trek is one of the great treks in Nepal that granting an incredible opportunity to experience completely different vegetation and fauna, remoteness, glorious mountain landscapes, as well as nice native culture. the area situated on the far eastern border between Nepal and Sikkim (India). Mount Kangchenjunga 8,586m (28170 ft) is the third top peak on this planet and is seen as most likely the foremost beautiful mountain massifs on earth. The trekking trails run through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA), that was established in 1998. the complete region is equipped with various ecological regions, from the subtropic arena to frozen nature.
The Kanchenjunga ‘Five Treasures of Snow’ (“kang” – “snow” or “ice” “chen” – “great” “jun” – “treasure” “inga” – “five”) which is in credit to the five summits which form up Kanchanjunga, is typically worshiped by the local people. While on the route you’ll be able to notice many tiny communities their customs and tradition. Limbu, Rai, Sherpa, and Gurung are the most ethnic inhabitants in this zone. Hey, never miss the chance to test Tongba, a warm and soft local alcohol, that is offered in the brass ringed wood pot.
The Kanchenjunga trek starts from Suketar in Taplejung district, which is typically accessible by domestic plane, or as an alternative, is also approachable by a road from Basantapur. The long trek on a less populated route is somewhat plus point for us, with an artless perception of lifestyle in Nepalese rural area and its eye-catching scenery. Initially, the trail leads north-eastwards to Yalung Basecamp 4500 m. afterward turns western side throughout some of the passes then keeps up to the Ghunsa wherever it climbs up to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) facing superb higher alpine surroundings. then gets back southwest to Taplejung, the beginning and final spot of the Kangchenjunga circuit trek.
Best Time to Trek The Kanchenjunga
Normally a year can be categorized into four seasons in Nepal.
Autumn season (September – November):
Weather conditions stay usually visible and temperature vary is gently that includes fascinating outlook bereft of any trouble.
Spring Season (March-May):
This is a time of blooming flowers, wherever many varieties of plants and dense rhododendron forest get covered by its Flowers. temp remains moderate and higher.
It is not suggested to do a trek during this region especially on summer or Monsoon amount (June – August): brings heavy rain and Winter (Dec – Feb): weather remains extreme cold at higher elevation.
There is basically one main path and you’ll be able to trek it in either direction, visiting both base camps (24 days) or one of the base camps (18/19 days) or do a shorter circuit (about 15 days depending on your stops). The routes represented below begin at Taplejung and don’t include the time period to and from Kathmandu.
Kanchenjunga Trek Cost
The cost of the trek might vary according to the agency you choose to go with, the services, the itinerary or certain unexpected situations that might occur. Generally, the trek costs about USD 1400 – USD 2400 which includes guesthouses accommodation on the trek, the entry fees for Kanchenjunga and other permits, guide, porters and the transportation with all meals and others depending on the trek package you choose.
Kanchenjunga Trek Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Taplejung, trek to Mitlung – Overnight Mitlung (996m)
Day 2 Trek to Chiruwa – Overnight at Chiruwa (1270m)
Day 3 Trek to Sekathum – Overnight at Sekathum (1,660m)
Day 4 Trek to Amjilossa – Overnight at Amjilossa (2,510m)
Day 5 Trek to Gybala – Overnight at Gybala (2,730m)
Day 6 Trek to Ghunsa – Overnight at Ghunsa (3,595m)
Day 7 Acclimatisation day – Overnight at Ghunsa
Day 8 Trek to Khambachen – Overnight at Khambachen (4,100m)
Day 9 Acclimatisation day – Overnight at Khambachen
Day 10 Trek to Lhonak – Overnight at Lhonak (4,785m)
Day 11 Trek to Pang Pema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp) – Overnight at Pang Pema (5,200m)
Day 12 Rest / Pang Pema day hike – Overnight at Pang Pema
Day 13 Trek to Khambachen – Overnight at Khambachen
Day 14 Trek to Ghunsa – Overnight at Ghunsa
Day 15 Trek to Sele La camp – Overnight at Sele La camp (4,130m)
Day 16 Trek to Cheram, over Sele La (4,720m) – Overnight at Cheram (3,868m)
Day 17 Trek to Ramche – Overnight at Ramche (4,610m)
Day 18 Day hike to Oktang (south base camp) – Overnight at Ramche
Day 19 Trek to Tortung – Overnight at Tortung (2,980m)
Day 20 Trek to Yamphuding – Overnight at Yamphuding (1,692m)
Day 21 Trek to Mamanke – Overnight at Mamanke (2,000m)
Day 22 Trek to Kesuwa – Overnight at Kesuwa (2,100m)
Day 23 Trek to Lalikharka – Overnight at Lalikharka 2,220m)
Day 24 Trek to Taplejung – Overnight or Departure
There is a variety of ways to get from Kathmandu to the beginning point of this trek. depending on your dates, you’ll notice it best to adjust your itinerary to the available flights.
Flights are available from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur from where you fly or drive to Suketar airport close toTaplejung. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar from where you can fly to the tiny airport at Tumlingtar (an alternative start/end point for longer treks in this region).
Direct flights can also be available, although flight schedules are subject to change therefore it’s important to ask your local specialist for the best way to get there for your planned travel dates. Mountain airports like Taplejung and Tumlingtar are vulnerable to delays, therefore it’s a good idea to make in buffer days just in case you need to drive in/out because of weather.
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