At 8 586 meter, Kangchenjunga is the third highest peak of the world. Surrounded by lush forests, dramatic mountain vistas and villages that abound in folklore it’s a paradise for trekking of the beaten trek. Kangchenjunga straddles the Nepal/Sikkim border. Its name is Sikkimese and refers to the five principal summits of the massif, roughly translated to “The five treasures of the great snow.”
The foot of Kangchenjunga is the least-visited among 16 protected areas in Nepal. Its location on the far north-eastern corner of the country makes it the area with the highest annual rainfall in the country and hence its richest biodiversity. The pristine coniferous forests, high meadows and wetlands are the most biologically rich areas of Nepal inhabited by many amphibians, birds, plants and animals found nowhere else. Many of the mammals found here are endangered like the snow leopard, the red panda and the musk deer. The Kangchenjunga Conservation Area has at least 69 varieties of orchid, 30 types of rhododendron and 15 out of 28 endemic plants of Nepal. Besides rainfall, it is the dramatic altitude variation from deep subtropical gorges to glacial valleys that makes this nature reserve such an attractive destination for trekkers.
Seen from afar the Kanchenjunga resembles a massive jumble of rock escarpments and fluted ice ridges with the mountain itself sticking up like a bear’s tooth. Not many people live here. Barely you will distinguish the scattering of little stone houses that comprise the lonely Sherpa, Rai and Limbu hamlets. The mountain is worshipped as a sacred place by both Buddhist and Hindus, the inhabitants of this unique region are extremely diverse and will be curious and eager to meet you. The objective of our trek is to attain Northern base camp at Pangpema. Standing in the shadow of Kanchenjunga becomes the realization of one’s long repressed secret ambition.
The trek to the Kanchenjunga Base camp takes about 19-days. The trek is non-technical and suitable for anyone in good shape who likes to hike on mountain trails and enjoys camping out for extended periods. This is not a backpack trip and porters will be used to carry your gear and camp staff will prepare all meals. The trek starts with a sweeping scenic flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar covering the mountain ranges of Langtang, Everest and Kanchenjunga and the south Gangetic plain in Eastern Nepal. From Biratnagar we board a short flight to Suketar situated at the foot hills of Mount Kanchenjunga. From here we start trekking through villages untouched by the modern world enclosed by pristine rhododendron, oak and pine forests. Our route leads to the North Base Camp and the south side of Kanchenjunga offering you the best panoramas. The hiking can get quite strenuous sometimes while crossing the passes, but for every hard effort you make you will be rewarded with brilliant scenery as we will head higher towards the windswept rugged terrains with awesome views of the towering peaks of the Kanchenjunga massif under a clear wide blue sky.
Your journey in Nepal starts in Kathmandu, the bustling capital which is situated at 1 340 m. This vibrant place with friendly hospitable inhabitants has been called a big museum with colorful bazaars and more shrines and temples per square mile than anywhere else in the world. It’s a wonderful place to hang out and it’s highly recommended to plan some extra days here in case of delays in flight or trekking.