Kanchenjunga base camp trekking takes you to mesmerizing adventure on the foot of world 3rd highest mountains and 2nd high within Nepal after the Everest(you may read our blog: Where is mount Everest located?).
The enjoyable adventure, Kanchenjunga base camp trekking leads you into pure wilderness, away from main human settlement 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 third highest peaks on this planet located at the far eastern end of Nepal Himalaya that straddles the border with Sikkim (small state of North East India) and Nepal.
Trekking and mountaineering to Mt. Kanchenjunga is mostly ventured from Nepal side. As it leads you on both sides of Mt. Kanchenjunga base camps the North and South that makes this trip more special than other base camp treks(like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp ) around Himalaya.
Mt. Kanchenjunga originally spelled and pronounced as ‘Kanchendzonga’ comes from Tibetan origin language means “Five Jewels of Snow” related to five main peaks of massive of Kanchenjunga.
The mountain was first conquered by British Expedition led by late Sir George Band with his team of colleague in May 25th 1955 from the Southern base camp of Kanchenjunga where our walk visits both side of the base camps.
An exciting and fascinating walks where short flight and drives involves to start and to end the treks, a scenic flight from Kathmandu takes you to Far corners of Eastern Nepal at lowland known as Terai belt with sub-tropical temperatures.
After a great panoramic air journey then on four wheel drive to reach the start of the trek where ride leads to high green hills of Ilam covered with vast sea of Tea Garden with views of Kanchenjunga Mountains.
On reaching Taplejung town walk starts heading into nice farm country around rural villages with nice tended fields and terraces leads you into 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 range of adjoining peaks then head back to lovely mountain villages of Ghunsa where 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.
A dramatic change from lush green vegetation to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers at Kanchenjunga south base camp where most of the mountaineering done from this Yarlung side of Kanchenjunga.
Enjoying fabulous times covering both base camps then return journey leads on alternative scenic route to reach back at Taplejung, where exciting overland journey takes you to low warm country at Terai then catching 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 best time for Kanchenjunga trekking for clear views. Wild flowers are in bloom with fantastic views of mountains at that time. This season has a pleasant day with cooler morning and night time.
October to November is yet another best trekking season due to clear views of peaks. With a short sunlight days, it can be freezing cold in the morning and night time, depending upon the altitude and overnight stop.