Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak of the world, the queen of the mountains. Towering to an altitude of 8586 meters, Mt. Kanchenjunga is comparatively a less visited mountain despite the fact that it Is one of the tallest mountains in the world. One very good reason behind this is because of the less and difficult trails to the mountain.
There are altogether four climbing routes to reach the summit where the three begins from Nepal while the other from northeastern Sikkim, India, which has been banned by the government of India since 2000 declaring it a restricted area.
Located at the far eastern side of Nepal, Mt. Kanchenjunga was first ascent by British Climbers in May 25, 1955 although the trail for kanchenjunga trekking was officially opened for expeditions and trekking later in 1988. The mysterious mythical creature, the Abominable Snowman (Yeti) is believed to inhabit in this mountain region of Nepal.
Kanchenjunga trekking is one of its kinds because of the unique landscape and culture prevailing in the region. Trekkers mostly enjoy watching the amazing natural sceneries and exceptional wildlife including those that are listed as world’s endangered; Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer and Himalayan Black Bear. Kanchenjunga Conservation covering 2,035 sq km provides shelter to these endangered animals and a lot of bird species.
The journey begins after a flight from the capital city, Kathmandu to Suketar, Taplejung at the eastern part of Nepal. You will be trekking both up and down during the whole journey.
The first stop after Suketar will be Lalikharka at 2,265 m; however, from here you have to trek down to reach Mamankhe (1,785 m) passing through another village, Khesewa. Once reached Mamankhe, trek upwards to Yamphudin (2,995m) from where it’s mostly a long trek covering distance of almost one thousand meters in a day. From Yamphudin to Tortong is a total of 915 meters long trek uphill. At 3,870 m above sea level in Cheram, you can take rest and get acclimatized.
Lodging and stay here in Kanchenjunga is good for any number of trekkers. You can either choose to stay at a hotel or at local residents. The next day, it’s again hiking uphill. This time directly to Ramche at the elevation of 4,580 meters and then again eighty meter down at Yalung Base Camp. Move back to Cheram and head to the Kanchnejunga Base Camp past Sele La to Ghunsa to Kambachen to Lhonak and finally to Kanchenjunga Base Camp located in Pangpema which is 5,143 meters above sea level. On the sixteenth day, you will reach at the camp. It all depends whether you want to return back from here or wish to continue ahead and climb the Kanchenjunga summit.
There is no such thing as a right time to go for Kanchenjunga trekking. Trek is possible throughout the year except during the winter in January. Kanchenjunga features great valleys surrounded by white snowcapped mountains just like in the fairytales. In case it is your first decision to hike above the mountains, there is no need to worry since you will be given sufficient training and instructions before even starting the expedition.
Itinerary information of Mt. Kanchenjunga trekking.
Day 01: Land in Kathmandu
Day 02: Free and arrangement day
Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur
Day 04: Drive to Taplejung (1,820m)
Day 05: Trek to Chirwa (1,270m)
Day 06: Trek to Amjlosa (2,520m)
Day 07: Trek to Gyabla (2,730m)
Day 08: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m)
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa
Day 10: Trek to Kambachen (4,050m)
Day 11: Trek to Lhonak (4,780m)
Day 12: Hike to Pangpema (5,065m)
Day 13: Exploring Pangpema area
Day 14: Trek back to Ghunsa
Day 15: Trek to Sele le (4,290m)
Day 16: Trek Sele la, Sinion La Pass, Mirgin La Pass, Sinelapcha La Pass and Tseram (3,870m).
Day 17: Hike to Oktang Base Camp
Day 18: Trek to Torangden (2,995m)
Day 19: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m)
Day 20: Trek down to Khebang (1,910m)
Day 21: Trek to Khandembe (1,420m).
Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur by bus ( 8 -9 HRS)
Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu