There are many off-the-beaten-track trekking destinations in Nepal. These trekking destinations despite having awesome geographical and cultural attractions don’t draw as many tourists as some other popular trekking destinations. Kanchenjunga Region is one such trekking destination in Nepal.
Trekking in the Kanchenjunga region takes you to the base of the third highest mountain in the world- Mt. Kanchenjunga. This mountain stands 8586 meters tall. The word Kanchenjunga has a Tibetan origin and means “the five treasures of high-snow”. The five treasures refer to the five peaks that lie in the Kanchenjunga Range.
Kanchenjunga region lies in the eastern border of Nepal. However, the area encompassed by this peaks stretches over 4 countries- Nepal, China, Bhutan, and India. There are 14 protected areas that make up the landscape of Kanchenjunga transboundary.
Much of the trekking region of Kanchenjunga is protected as Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. The national park has an altitude that ranges from 1200 meters to 8586 meters. This makes this region one of the most varied in terms of the flora and fauna you can find here. This national park is adjacent to the Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim and Qomolangma National Nature Preserve in Tibet.
Kanchenjunga region trekking is one of the longer trekking destinations in Nepal. It takes about 25 days to complete the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. Although this trek is quite long, it is not quite as strenuous as some other trekking destinations in this country. In other words, this trek is moderately difficult.
The trek starts after a flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung. From there, you will walk through beautiful settlements in this region like Mitlung, Chirwa, Ghunsa, Kambachen etc. These settlements are picturesque and offer you staggering glimpses of the Kanchenjunga Range.
The highest point you will reach in the Kanchenjunga trek is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The altitude of this northern base camp of Kanchenjunga is 5388 meters. This northern face of Kanchenjunga Base Camp is also known as Pang Pema Base Camp. Kanchenjunga Base Camp is an awesome destination for viewing the wonderful peaks of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal.
During your trek, you will also cross a few mountain passes like Sinon La and Mirgin La. You will also come across various monasteries during your trek like Ramtang Monastery. So you will get a glimpse of the awesome culture of this region, that is dominated by people who practise Tibetan Buddhism.
As Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek takes you to an altitude that is greater than 5000 meters, you should be wary of altitude sickness and prepare your trek accordingly. The length of the trek might also make it difficult for you to complete it without a porter.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp is a remote trekking destination in Nepal. The length of the trail makes it quite challenging and the remoteness might lead you astray. Therefore you are not allowed to trek in this region alone.
In order to trek in the Annapurna Region, you need to have a licensed guide. You will also need a minimum of two trekkers in order to embark on a trek in the Kanchenjunga region.
As the Kanchenjunga region is located in the higher altitudes of the Himalayas, you need to check which are the best seasons to trek in this region. Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, OCtober, and November) are the best seasons to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
Due to the remoteness of the trek and the higher number of trekking days, this trek is also one of the costlier treks in Nepal. Transporting goods to altitude more than 5000 meters is never easy, especially when there are no roadways for transporting goods in this region.
Kanchenjunga is considered to be the best off-the-beaten-track trekking destination in Nepal. The sights of the Kanchenjunga range and other Himalayas from this region is simply breathtaking. The awesome culture of this region and the villages you will go to are some of the most beautiful.
If you are a lover of solitude while trekking and want to explore a dream of a hidden trekking region, there is no other region to trek in than Kanchenjunga.
Major Attractions of the Kanchenjunga Region Trekking
- A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung that will offer you breathtaking views of the Himalayas, especially the Kanchenjunga range.
- You will get to explore the beautiful eastern part of Nepal.
- A visit to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is one of the best experience of the mountains you can get.
- Explore the rich diversity of plants and animals in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
- You will trek in the best off-the-beaten-track destination in Nepal.
- Interaction with authentic culture of the people in this region is a delightful experience.