The magnificence of the third highest peak in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is the perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful and calm walk throughout their journey. It is an off-the-beaten trail full of challenging sections in it and thus adrenaline pumping. The trails to Kanchenjunga Base Camp traverse through rugged terrains, alpine forests, and terraced farmlands revealing its beauty in its undisturbed natural settings. The vegetation and landscapes change dramatically as you ascend higher to stand at the base of Kanchenjunga sanctuary.
Mt. Kanchanjunga lies in the easternmost part of Nepal near the border of Sikkim and Tibet. The Base Camp of this mountain is situated at an altitude of 5160m and the mountain itself is 8586 meters high from sea level. This region is relatively untouched and less crowded than other popular trekking trails in Nepal. It offers you breathtaking scenery, diverse culture, and the chance to experience the authentic lifestyle of the local people.
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is an arduous trek that takes around 20-25 days to complete. The trek starts from the small town of Taplejung and follows the trail through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which is home to many rare and endangered wildlife species, including the snow leopard and red panda. The trail is well-marked and is not frequented by many tourists, which adds to the trek's charm.
This region is also full of cultural diversity as you can meet different community people such as Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, Gurung, and Tamang people throughout the trail. These people are so friendly and welcoming having their own distinct cultures, traditions, and lifestyles that have been passed down from generation to generation. Mostly these people follow Kirats and Buddism, so you can see several monasteries, chortens(stupas), and prayer flags on the way. These factors create and make way to Kanchenjunga Base Camp peaceful and spiritual.
Besides all these appealing aspects to go on this trek, it could be challenging for a beginner and solo trekker. This trek is ideal for experienced trekkers who are physically fit and have some previous trekking experience. The trek involves a lot of steep ascents and descents, which can be physically demanding.
Thus, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a challenging yet rewarding trek that takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Himalayas. With stunning views of the Kanchenjunga massif and the opportunity to interact with local communities, this trek is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.