Kanchenjunga trekking has been one of the most popular trekking destinations since years because of the towering Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Standing at the height of 8,586 m, it is only second to Mt. Everest (8,848m), and Mt.K2 (8,611m). Also popularly known as Kanchenjunga base camp trek, Kanchenjunga region trek, and Kanchenjunga circuit trek, this popular trekking destination soothes your eyes with the panoramic view of three high peaks above 8,000 m – Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu (8,201m), and the grand Kanchenjunga itself.
Kanchenjunga trekking highlights
- Like the meaning of the word ‘Kanchenjunga’ in the local languages, ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’ and ‘extremely pure and unpolluted’, the Kanchenjunga trekking truly translates the meaning of its word: Five great mountains and the pure, unpolluted, exotic landscapes you may wish not to leave for ever.
- Mysterious stories about Himalayan Yeti: One interesting aspect of this trek is you will hear stories of the snow man Yeti. The yetis are said to be living in this trekking route. Although no strong evidence has ever proved this, the snow man footprints on the snowy trail were said to be captured in the past.
- Beautiful endangered species of wildlife: The Kanchenjunga trekking route as well as the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area by this trekking route are home to some of the most beautiful endangered species of wildlife of the planet. While moving ahead, you may encounter the sudden jumps and runs of musk deer, Red Panda, snow leopard or feel spellbound with the bird sounds. The endangered species of birds and animals in the Kanchenjunga trekking area also include the Impedence Pheasant, Red-Billed Blue Magpie, Shy Dragon, Himalayan Black Bear the great. Be careful, the Himalayan Black Bear can allure you with the sound of a weeping baby!
- Lakes, Streams, and Glaciers: No wonder, the trekking routes are surrounded by natural scenic beauty. The most attractive natural scenery in the Kanchenjunga trekking includes the mountain valleys, frozen lakes, crystal clear streams, and the Okthan glacier.
Kanchenjunga trekking route: Kathmandu-Kanchenjunga Base Camp-Kathmandu
Kanchenjunga trekking begins from Kathmandu, goes to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp as the major destination, and then comes back to Kathmandu. The detail of the trekking is given in our Kanchenjunga trekking itinerary. To make you remember the major spots of the trekking route and help you mentally prepare, let’s begin.
Our Kanchenjunga trek begins from Kathmandu to Suketar domestic flight. The Suketar airport is located in Taplejung, a far-eastern district. After landing in the airport, we move through rhododendron forests to Lal Kharka (2,220 m), then Khesewa (2,100m), in the order of reaching Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m), simultaneously to Tortong (2,995m), Cheram (3,870m), then to Ramche (4,580m), to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), climbing still upper to the height of 4,050 meters at the Kambachen, 4,780 meters at Lhonak, until we reach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp at Pangpema (5,143) which is the highest point of the Kanchenjunga trekking route. After our stay overnight at the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, we come back through a slightly different route until we come back to Suketar, Taplejung.
Kanchenjunga trek (8,586)
- Third highest peak in the world after Mt. Everest (8,848m) and Mt. K2 (8,611m
- One of the 14 highest peaks above 8,000 m in the world
- One of the 8 highest peaks above 8,000 m in Nepal
- Located in the far north-eastern corner of Nepal
- Trekkable from both Nepal and Sikkim
- Kanchenjunga Sherpa meaning: ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’, Nepali meaning clean and pure.
- Kanchenjunga trek gives you the view of the popular snowy peaks above 8,000 m: Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,201m), and Mt. Lhotse (8,516) including the grand Kanchenjunga itself.
- Mysterious stories about Himalayan Yeti, the snow man.
- Wildlife like snow leopard, musk deer, Red Panda on the trekking route
- Wildlife in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area: endangered species of birds and animals like Impedence pheasant, Red-Biled blue Magpie, Shy Dragon, Himalayan Black Bear
- Unparalleled beauty of the valleys, magnificent views of the frozen lake, crystal clear stream, Okthan glacier, an amazing of Rathong and Kabru
The Way We Trek: Kanchenjunga trekking route
Our journey toward the Kanchenjunga will be start from Katmandu to suketar , Taplejung by Domestic Airlines, then we moves throughout different places such as the forest including rhododendron covered ridge to Lali-Kharka(2,220m)-Keswa(2,100m)-Mamanke(2,000m) above the sea level then pass along Yamphudin(1,650m) to trek towards Lamite Bhanjying,Torotan, Tseram(3,750m), Ramche(4,360m), Mirgin- La (4,663m) across Gunsa(3,475m), Kyapra, move down to Sakathum(1,600m) then finally descend to Phurumbo then back to Taplejung-Suketar(2,300m). In this way we will end our memorable and daredevil trek of Kanchenjunga.