Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek offers a challenging and rewarding experience for trekkers who are seeking incredible views, pristine landscapes, and a thrilling adventure. Trekking to the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga 8586m, the third highest mountain in the world is considered one of the most adventurous trek because of its incredible scenery, rough trekking trails, and views.
The name Kanchenjunga means the five treasures of the high snow, it means the five repositories or ledge of great snow. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp lies within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) which is a community-based organization in partnership with WWF Nepal in overseeing the implementation of projects and strategic development of the region. In addition to the incredible landscapes, the Kanchenjunga region is rich with wildlife diversity including Himalayan black bear, musk deer, pheasant, shy dragon, and red pandas.
Normally trek to Kanchenjunga base camp takes 20-27 days, including sufficient time to acclimatize, rest, and explore. So it is taken as long trekking route which demands some previous trekking experience.
The Kanchenjunga trek begins in Suketar (2300m), which is accessible by domestic airlines. The trek begins through vibrant green, agricultural villages where ethnic groups such as Gurung, Chhetri, Rai, and Brahmin people live. The trail passes through forests of rhododendron, oak, and chestnut with other pristine flora along the alpine ridge terrain to Lali Kharka (2220m). You will have an opportunity to see a diversity of magnificent views throughout your trek. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking continues through the lush rhododendron and pine forests to Tseram (3870m). We will then trek to Ramze (south base camp of Kanchenjunga) at 4580m with incredible views of Oktham glacier and Kabru Lake. Exploring the landscapes surrounding Ramze is sure to be a memorable part of your trek to Kanchenjunga. Soon, the trail will lead to the thrilling -passes on Silelapcha-la (4640m), Mirgin-La (4480m), and Selele-la (4200m). The next day, we will trek to the Sherpa village, Ghunsa (3474m) where you will have an opportunity to explore the village and observe aspects of Sherpa culture. From Ghunsa, we will continue to Lhonak (4757m) and Pangpema (5150m), each with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, wildlife, and landscapes. We will descend back to Ghunsa, and continue our trek through rough terrain along Amjila pass to Shakathum and Phurumba. We will trek to Suketar (2300m) and fly back to Kathmandu.
BEST SEASONS FOR TREK IN KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP
The best time of the year to trek Kanchenjunga is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature during these seasons are good and so are the views.
Physical and Experience Requirements
Rated as a moderately difficult trail, this trek is suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk for 6-7 hours a day on a rugged mountain terrain. Some part of trekking trail might test your endurance capacity. Travelers can engage in cardiovascular exercise and shot hiking trip prior to commencing the journey to enhance their strength and stamina. Past hiking experience would be an asset but not mandatory for this trek.
At Himalayan Joy Adventure, we want to make your Kanchenjunga trekking an experience of a lifetime. We create trekking itineraries that are flexible and tailor-made to fit your needs. If you have any questions, please contact Himalayan Joy Adventure's office to work with a member of our team to create a Kanchenjunga trek itinerary that will work for you.
Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can takes long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimizes the fuel used and to make campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveler so, just leaving foot-print on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradable which you had.
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FLIGHT DELAY IN SUKETAR.
Sometimes the flight may be cancelled due to the unpredictable weather in Suketar so Himalayan Joy Adventure has created itinerary for this trek with one day free/extra day in the end of the trek. In case your flight has been cancelled more than two days, we will charter a helicopter to and from Suketar to ensure your flight on scheduled towards homeland or further destination. This extra service cost will be minimum $500 to maximum $4000 USD dollars which you can claim from your insurance.