Colloquially, Kanchanjanga is pronounced “Kang-chen-zod-nga”, which means Five Treasures of Snow. It is a system of seven different summits. Lying out of the usual trekkers’ zone, Kanchanjanga Base Camp is visited by only a handful of trekkers each year. There are those who wish to stay at the limits of regular routes such as Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp; and there are those who wish to take the experience further and explore the beauty of eastern Nepal! At 8,586 meters, Kanchanjanga is the third highest peak in the world with beautiful rivers and landscapes.
Trekking in Kanchanjanga region is a challenging task. On a difficulty scale, it can be measured as strenuous, however, the rich experience it provides is unlike anything you’ll experience in Nepal. Although people have been engaged in climbing and trekking expeditions in the greater part of the twentieth century, this peak was opened officially in 1988 by the government of Nepal.
The trek will take you across unspoiled vegetation and ethnic villages. Historically, the people of this remote region traveled to Tibet and bartered essentials such as salt, food and clothing. Today, the people flock to eastern towns of Nepal such as Jhapa and Ilam. As in other parts of Nepal, the region is rich in flora and fauna. Along the trek, you might encounter blue sheep, musk deer, and mountain bears in addition to other less common fauna. The notable peaks you will see en route are Mt. Everest, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Makalu and of course, Mt. Kanchenjunga. On higher altitudes, this trekking trail is lined by alpine pastures, dense sub-tropical forests, and shallow gorges.
At first you will take a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (or Bhadrapur) and then drive to Basantapur (or Suketar), the beginning of the trek. The ecological regions are varied, making you realize the geographical of diversity of this route. Taking around three weeks, the trail passes through amazing landscapes and terrains before you reach the northern base camp. After some exploration, you will trek ahead to Taplejung and take a flight to Kathmandu. If you wish to reach the south base camp (and visit the mighty Yalung Glacier), you need to arrange with us before leaving.
A visit to Kanchanjanga is a formidable trek into the grandeur of a mountain, the gigantic scale of which can be defined as, simply, majestic! The best time to visit Kanchanjanga is in spring to mid summer and in autumn. Contact us for an epic trek to Kanchanjanga region.