Trekking Nepal is generally great! However, a trek in the slopes of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek in Eastern Nepal will bring you to arguably the most beautiful mountainous terrain in the world. Rising to a staggering height of 8586 m, Kanchenjunga is more than just a mountain in these regions — it’s where the Gods are believed live.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp area has a huge number of unique plants and animals because of the high summer rainfall. If you’re lucky, you might spot a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard or the red panda. Other species such as the Himalayan black bear and the Assamese macaque also inhabit this region. To preserve the vast numbers of unique flora and fauna found here, the whole region has been declared a conservation area. Besides natural beauty, this area also has a lot of cultural diversity, consisting of Rai and Limbu ethnic groups.
The trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp was opened in 1950 on the Nepal side. However, it was only after 1988 that commercialized trekking groups have been undertaking the journey to the Kanchenjunga base camp.
Starting at an altitude of 2200 m, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking route gradually rises to 3000 m in the first three days of trekking. Throughout the Kanchenjunga base camp trek, you get to bask in the full glory of the Himalayas – meandering through steep ridges, vast grasslands, and local Sherpa villages. Our first path follows the currents of the Tamur and Ghunsa rivers right to their source. The route descends to the Ghunsa Khola valley that leads to the beautiful village of Ghunsa, inhabited by Sherpas.
From here, you start climbing from the north side of Kanchenjunga and eventually reach the Kanchenjunga glacier. With the snowy glacier right in front of you and giant mountains surrounding you on all sides, this is where you get the feeling of serenity that the Himalayas are so famous for. Dominating the skyline are majestic peaks such as the Pyramid peak, the Twins, Jannu, and Kanchenjunga itself, in all its glory. Also visible are several 6000 m peaks that would have been considered full-fledged expedition mountains anywhere else but are reduced to the status of mere hills here.
Having visited the Kanchenjunga glacier, we now make our way back to Ghunsa and, in the next few days, cross three mountain passes to get to Tseram, the entry point to reach the Yalung glacier. Eventually, we make our way to the southern Kanchenjunga base camp. This is where the first people who climbed this enormous mountain started their ascent.
From the Yulung glacier, we then trek through several valleys, passes and ice ridges to eventually reach the magnificent river gorges that lead you to Tharpu. These regions are challenging as well as extremely remote. So, you get to enjoy your Himalayan adventure without worrying about it being spoiled by crowds of trekkers.
This trek will take you to a maximum altitude of 5143 m at the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. From walking along the torrents in the Tamur and Ghunsa rivers in the beginning to reaching high-altitude glaciers and ultimately the Kanchenjunga base camp itself by the end, the Kanchenjunga base camp trek in the pristine Himalayas is definitely the trip of a lifetime.
Highlights of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
- Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world with five chaste of snow Kanchenjunga Trek offer expedition of north and south Base Camps.
- Different adventure types experience of glacier treks rather than normal walk on trails in Yulung glacier during Kanchenjunga Trek.
- Stunning view of Mt. Makalu fifth highest mountain in the world and east face of Mt. Everest during the Kanchenjunga Trek.
- Pristine rhododendron forest, native vegetation, high alpine passes (Selele la, Mringla and Sinionla) and typical agriculture can be experienced during the trek.
- Tibetan refugee settlements Camp on Kanchenjunga Trek routes along with ethnic cast and group of Nepal like Sherpa, Limbu, and Rai.