Kanchenjunga base camp trekking takes you on a mesmerizing adventure on the foot of the world's 3rd highest mountains and 2nd high in Nepal after Everest (you may read our blog: Where is Mount Everest located?).
The enjoyable adventure of Kanchenjunga base camp trekking leads you into pure wilderness, away from main human settlements and villages, for some days heading into far corners of Eastern Nepal Himalayas.
Mt. Kanchenjunga soars high at 8,586 m and 28,169 ft high, listed as the third highest peak on this planet, located at the far eastern end of Nepal Himalaya that straddles the border with Sikkim (a small state of North East India) and Nepal.
Trekking and mountaineering to Mt. Kanchenjunga are mostly ventured from the Nepal side. It leads you on both sides of Mt. Kanchenjunga base camps, the North and South, making this trip more special than other base camp treks (like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp ) around the Himalayas.
Mt. Kanchenjunga, originally spelled and pronounced as 'Kanchendzonga,' comes from the Tibetan origin language, means "Five Jewels of Snow," and is related to the five main peaks. British Expedition first conquered the mountain led by the late Sir George Band with his team of colleagues on May 25th, 1955, from the Southern base camp of Kanchenjunga, where our walk visits both sides of the base camps.
An exciting walk where a short walk involving short flights and drives involves starting and ending the treks. A scenic flight from Kathmandu takes you to the Far corners of Eastern Nepal in the lowlands known as the Terai belt with sub-tropical temperatures.
After a great panoramic air journey, then on a four-wheel drive to the start of the trek, the ride leads to the high green hills of Ilam covered with a vast sea of Tea Garden with views of the Kanchenjunga Mountains.
On reaching the Taplejung town walk, heading into a nice farm country around rural villages with nice tended fields and terraces leads you into the cool shade of alpine woodland to reach higher areas towards our first main destinations at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.
Enjoying lovely moments standing within massive Kanchenjunga and its glaciers with a range of adjoining peaks, then head back to the lovely mountain villages of Ghunsa, where the walk leads to cross scenic high passes over Sinion La and Sele-la pass to reach the southern base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga at Oktang after overnight at Tseram.
There is a dramatic change from lush green vegetation to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers at Kanchenjunga south base camp, where most of the mountaineering is done from this Yarlung side of Kanchenjunga.
Enjoying fabulous times covering both base camps, the return journey leads on the alternative scenic route to Taplejung. An exciting overland journey takes you to a low, warm country at Terai, then catching a flight to Kathmandu after a most memorable and adventurous time on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking.
Best Seasons for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking:
March to May is the best time for Kanchenjunga trekking for clear views. Wildflowers are in bloom with fantastic views of mountains at that time. This season has a pleasant day with cooler mornings and nighttime.
October to November is yet another best trekking season due to the clear views of peaks. Short sunlight days can be cold in the morning and night, depending upon the altitude and overnight stop.