In the far north-eastern boundary of Nepal, lies a sacred trekking route that eventually takes the trekkers to the base camp of the third highest mountain peak in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m). The Kanchenjunga trek route is the perfect trail for those who wish to enjoy the belle nature in perfect solitude. This trekking trail is visited by very few numbers of tourists; therefore, hikers who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of a lot of other trekkers on the way may find this trail their perfect vacation. Although the place may be less crowded, the beauty of the trail and the landscapes escorting the route is not compromised.
The Kanchenjunga massif consists of five peaks. That is why the name lays- Kanchenjunga which means “Five Treasures of the Great Snow”. Local people believe that Kanchenjunga massif is a repository of different treasures like gold, silver, gems, grains, and sacred texts. The first summiteers back in 1955 stopped a few meters short of the summit because of the belief that Kanchenjunga is a sacred peak. Each of the five peaks in the Kanchenjunga massif is more than 8,000 meters high.
The Kanchenjunga trek route is a restricted route and there are few requirements to do this trek. Hiking with a local guide is a must and there must be at least 2 trekkers in the group. Only then, necessary permits can be obtained. This trekking route is not for solo travelers.
The best season to make this hike can be Autumn (September-November) and Spring (March-May), as there is astounding visibility of the landscapes during these seasons. The difficulty level of the trek is quite challenging as we go through a vast change in altitudes, therefore, it demands trekkers to be physically and mentally fit and prepared. Our trip will also include a few acclimatization days that will help the trekkers to better adapt themselves with the high-altitude changes.
Along the way, we can witness the temperate, tropical, and sup-alpine forests including a variety of floras and faunas. The sights of Rhododendron, chestnut, oak forests, pine, firs, and orchids would be common along with the trial. Various wildlife such as Snow leopard, Himalayan Asian black beer, and Red pandas have been seen in this region but it is less likely for them to be spotted during the hike.
This route shares boundaries with two neighboring countries and the community we encounter on the way are also diverse. We meet ethnic Limbu and Rai people, following Hinduism in lower altitude areas whereas as we go higher the people living there belong to Bhote and Sherpa community who follow Buddhism. Therefore, this trek is not only about exploring the landscapes but also exploring the diversified culture Nepalese people have.
- A Half-an-hour flight that offers a stunning view of the mountain ranges along the central and eastern Nepal including Mt. Everest.
- Exploring the remote villages of the Kanchenjunga region.
- If Lucky enough, encountering with unique wildlife species such as Red panda, Snow leopard and Himalayan Asian Black beer.
- Astonishing vegetation along the trail and beautiful flowers like Rhododendron, orchids, firs, and many more.
- Heart-warming hospitality of ethnic Rai, Limbu people and Bhote, Sherpa people in higher regions.
- Reminiscing scenarios of the main peak and five subsidiary peaks more than 8,000m.
- Beholding more than 20 peaks around the massif which are above 7,000metres.
- Witnessing five major glacial systems in the region and walking on many young glaciers along the path.
- Exploring the Northern side and Southern side base camps of Mt. Kanchenjunga
- Learning about different cultures of Tibetan refugees.