Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek — The Complete Guide

Kanchenjunga translates to ‘five great treasures in the snow.’

You can get to explore its meaning after seeing the magnificent outlook and seven tall summits the Kanchenjunga region has to offer.

Besides the adventure and thrill, you will also get to know every climate in Nepal; from steamy jungles to jumbled glaciers.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek holds them all under its umbrella, yet its alluring beauty still remains a mystery.

With the world’s third highest mountain Mt. Kanchenjunga — 8585m tall — lying in this region and variety of natural monuments, this region is best known for its wilderness.

The region spreads across 2,035 sq. km. and is protected by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP).

One of the best tea house treks in Nepal today, this trek route was a forbidden area in the past and was open to trekkers only in 1988.

Situated in between Nepal and India, the environment is still pristine, yet remote and can be thought to be a bit secluded.

A remote trek, the Kanchenjunga has a lot to offer — the real taste of remote Nepal, diverse culture, friendly people, spectacular views of mysterious glaciers and breathtaking mountains.

The Kanchenjuna Base Camp Trek includes two trekking circuits:

  • The Northern Base Camp Trek and
  • The Southern Base Camp Trek

…which are separated by Sele La Pass.

The North Base Camp Trek starts from Suketar-Gunsa and ends at Oktang (4730 m) and the South Base Camp Trek starts from Suketar-Lalikharka and ends at Pangpema (5150 m).

Trek either of them or do both— you options are open!

Alluring Factors

  • World’s Third Highest Mountain –Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • View of Four world’s tallest mountain peaks
  • Legendary Yeti
  • Ethnic Lifestyle and traditions
  • Untouched culture and natural habitat
  • Remote trials and rich diversity
  • Snow leopards, musk deer, Blue sheep, Lesser Panda and many wild life
  • Rhododendron Forests
  • Captivating scenes
  • Beautiful Glaciers
  • Traditional villages

 

Impact of Earthquake on the trek

There have been no reports of physical damages and loss of lives by the devastating quake. This region seemed completely immune to the quake. So, Kanchenjunga is safe to be on the list of your adventure diaries. But as reported by ‘The Telegraph’, according to geophysicists, geologists and seismologists, “around 20 km of the rocks underlying in the Kanchenjunga region has shifted to Southward.” However this will not hamper any of the travel plans. The trails are on the proper conditions, the villages have gone through no cracks and the marvelous mountains still stand high with the same dignity.

 

Best Season to Trek in Kanchenjunga

Autumn and spring months are the best time to try the strenuous and adventurous camping trek which falls in between the months of March and April. The next suitable time would be during the months of October to November. During this period, the forests will be seen full of colorful rhododendrons and many varieties of wild flowers and vegetation. The new buds and the new blossom will make the trip enchanting.

The trek during the monsoon is not recommended in order to avoid as the summer monsoon at eastern part of Nepal is predictable and is usually heavy and it rains high. So, the trekking during Monsoon is the best of the decision to make. Floods, landslides and even avalanches are expected. Thus, if you want to be in the spectacular Kanchenjunga, be here in the months except monsoon.

Trekking Circuits

Kanchenjunga trekking has a wide area and offers a variety of landscapes, cultures and panoramic views of four highest peak of the world including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, along with Mt. Kanchenjunga. Due to the remoteness and duration the single trek takes, it is difficult to attempt the trek to both North and South Camp at once though few of the adventure seekers tend to do it. The circumnavigated trek is not possible from Nepal as few part of Kanchenjunga lies in India. To break the trek into shorter trek, it is divided into North Base Camp Trek and South Base Camp Trek.

The North Base Camp offers more magnificent views of snowcapped Himalayas, varied landscapes, abundance of wild life and enchanting rhododendron forest compared to the south base camp trek.

NORTH BASE CAMP TREK

The real adventurous trek to the North Base Camp of unspoiled Kanchenjunga trek starts from Suketar. You can reach to Suketar from either a flight from Biratnagar or a long bus travelling. Biratnagar can be reached from Kathmandu by either via bus or by flight. The distinguishing start point to this trek is the Ghunsa. You ought to trek to Ghunsa from Suketar. The trail you take continues to Kunjar, Chitre, Lapsang and finally takes you to Ramche and Kanchenjunga –North Base Camp. The up mountain trekking will bring you close to the astonishing views of varieties of landscapes, unique cultures, and panoramic views of world’s highest peaks and an amazing experience of rural Nepal. The reverse trek will be no less spectacular then the up trek. You will descend o Tseram, then to Lakep, Ramtang, Lhonak, Amjilosa, Lingkhim and finally reach at Suketar; where the walking trial ends.

You will require minimum 24 days to lose yourself in the beauty of Kanchenjunga trekking to North Base camp if you exclude the arrival and departure date. This period is the average time if you take the flights to Biratnagar and Suketar. Otherwise you will require the minimum of 27 days. The day to day itinerary followed by most trekkers to trek to North Base Camp is:

Day 01: Your Arrival to Kathmandu

Day 02:  Your Preparation to fly to Biratnagar; shopping

Day 03: You will fly to Biratnagar

Day 04: You will Fly to Suketar and trek to Lalikharka (2220 m) the same   day

Day 05: You will Reach Keswa through trials (2100 m)

Day 06: You will descend to Mamanke (2000 m)

Day 07: You will Reach Yamphudin, even a lower altitude (1650 m)

Day 08: You will ascend to Lamjite Jungle Camp (2920 m)

Be careful of health as there is high fluctuation of the altitude. (Acute mountain sickness can be just around the corner)

Day 09: You will Trek to Torontan (3080 m)

Day 10: You will be in Tseram (3750 m)

Day 11: You will trek to Ramche (4360 m)

Day 12: You will explore the majestic views and areas of Ramche

Day 13: You will trek beyond the Mirgin La Pass (4663 m)

Day 14: You will finally trek to Ghunsa (3475 m)

Day 15: You will reach to Khambachen trekking (4040 m)

Day 16: You will trek to Lhonak (4790 m)

Day 17: You will trek to the last point of the summit-PangPema(5140 m)/NORTH BASE CAMP

Day 18: The rest day at PangPema

Day 19: You will reverse your trek; start trekking to Ghunsa

Day 20: Reach Ghunsa(3430 m)

Day 21: You will trek to Kyapra(2300m)

Day 22: You will be in Sakathum(1600 m)

Day 23: You will trek to Chirwa (1180 m)

Day 24: You will trek to Phurumba

Day 25: You will trek to Taplejung- Suketar (2300 m)

Day 26: You will take a flight to Kathmandu from Biratnagar

Day 27: Another day either to depart or start another adventure

** A few additional days will be added if you take a bus to Biratnagar from Kathmandu.

The entire trek can be made a camping trek as lodges and teahouses may decrease in number as you continue to move on in the trials. Remember to have at least a partner to trek. Trying to explore Kanchenjunga alone may not be not fruitful as many parts are still undiscovered and there’s maximum chance to lose the track of the trial.

SOUTH BASE CAMP TREK

The wilderness, the adventure, the landscapes, and the scenic beauty offered during the trek to the South Base Camp are mesmerizing. With the panoramic views of mountains in the arena you will enjoy the entire strenuous trek.

The starting point of the trek is Suketar and the highest altitude you will reach will be the Oktang or the South Base Camp itself.

The trekking to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp will take 18 minimal days if the travelling to Biratnagar and travelling back to Kathmandu is excluded. Otherwise it will take the minimum of 21 days.

The trekking to South Base Camp starts after reaching to Biratnagar and then to Suketar from there. The trials will take you to Phurumba, Chirwa, Sikathum, Ajilasa, Ghympla and finally reach to Ghunsa. And with a short rest of a day, you will need to trek to Sele Base Camp from where you will follow the trial to Tseram, Ramche, and finally reach to Oktang, the South Base Camp. Then the reverse trek begins descending downwards to Tseram, AmjiKhola, Khande Bhanjyang and finally to Suketar from where you have options either to fly to Biratnagar and then to Kathmandu or explore few more places of Eastern Nepal.

Trekking randomly and with no companion will be a risk and it is not advisable to do so. The initial 14 days of trek is similar with that of the North Base Camp Trek but then you will have a different route. So, the normal itinerary you would follow during your trek to reach South Base Camp and explore the brainstorming beautiful landscapes, sights, forests, and many more is given below:

Day 01: Your Arrival to Kathmandu

Day 02:  Your Preparation to fly to Biratnagar; shopping

Day 03: You will fly to Biratnagar

Day 04: You will Fly to Suketar and trek to Lalikharka (2220 m) the same   day

Day 05: You will Reach Keswa through trials (2100 m)

Day 06: You will descend to Mamanke (2000 m)

Day 07: You will Reach Yamphudin, even a lower altitude (1650 m)

Day 08: You will Ascend to Lamjite Jungle Camp (2920 m)

Be careful of health as there is high fluctuation of the altitude.

Day 09: You will Trek to Torontan (3080 m)

Day 10: You will be in Tseram (3750 m) to Oktang

Day 11: You will trek from Oktang/ South Base Camp to Ramche (4360 m)

Day 12: You will explore the majestic views and areas of Ramche

Day 13: You will trek beyond the Mirgin La Pass (4663 m)

Day 14: You will finally trek to Ghunsa (3475 m)

Day 15: You will trek to Kyapra (2300 m)

Day 16: You will then trek to a lower altitude to Sakathum (1600 m)

Day 17: You will trek to the lowest altitude of the trek i.e. Chirwa(1180m)

Day 18: You will trek back to Phurumba

Day 19: You will trek to Taplejung- Suketar(2300m)

Day 20: You will then fly back to Kathmandu or go for another adventure.

Although the trekking looks so similar to that of North Base Camp, the South base Camp has its own trials and its own beauty. It is less troublesome to that of North Base camp.

** A few additional days will be added if you take a bus to Biratnagar from Kathmandu.

The entire trek can be made a camping trek as lodges and teahouses may decrease in number as you continue to move on in the trials. Remember to have at least a partner to trek.

Besides these trekking circuits, you will even have options to trek to Kanchenjunga Region which comes as options from different agencies. The overall trekking days and routes will look like the one mentioned below:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Preparation for special permit

Day 03: Kathmandu to Biratnagar by flight, Drive to Illam Bazaar

Day 04: Drive Illam to Taplejung; Trek to LaliKhark.

Day 05: Trek from LaliKharkto KadeBhanjang (2200m)

Day 06: Trek fromKadeBhanjang to Phurungde (1965m)

Day 07:  Trek from Phurungde to Yamphuding (2300m)

Day 08: Trek from Yamphuding to Omjekhola(2345m)

Day 09:  Trek from OmjeKhola to Torontan(2990m)

Day 10: Trek from Torantan to Tseram(3870m)

Day 11: Rest in Tseram

Day 12: Trek from Tseram to Ramche(4625m)

Day 13: Rest and Explore around the Yalung Base Camp. Trek back to the Ramche

Day 14: Trek from  Ramche to Yalung (4800m)

Day 15: Trek from Yalung to SelelePass(5109m)

Day 16: Trek from Selele Pass to Ghunsa (3425m)

Day 17: Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen(3960m)

Day 18: Trek from Khambachen to Pangpema(4940m)

Day 19: Day hike to the Kangchenjunga Base Camp. Back to the Pangpema

Day 20: Trek from Pangpema  to  Khambachen

Day 21: Trek from Khamgbachento  Ghunsa

Day 22: Rest in Ghunsa

Day 23: Trek from Ghunsa  to  Kyapra

Day 24: Trek from Kyapra to Sekhathum

Day 25: Trek from Sekhathum  to  Chirwa

Day 26: Trek from Chirwato  Phurunde (2000m)

Day 27: Trek from Phurumba to Suketar (Taplejung); Drive to Illam

This is the trekking circuit which will take you to both the Camps and will give you the optimum view of the Kanchenjunga region.

 

Process and Permits to begin the trek

Special trekking permit is required for Kanchenjunga trekking from Government Registered Nepal trekking Agency. Besides this, you may need permission to enter some sanctuaries on the way and register your name.

You need to have an acceptable passport and visa to enter the International Airport of Nepal.

To begin the trek, you can reach to any trekking agencies or book your trek before you come for holidays. If you are thinking of taking flight to Biratnagar, then book your tickets to be at Suketar. Otherwise, if you are going by a bus then it will not be a big issue as you can take any bus that reaches to Biratnagar and take another from there. Even the buses to Taplejung are available.

You need to have your identification document with you; in any case you may need it. Likewise, establish a good connection with the Embassy of your country or the Embassy that looks after your country in Nepal.  This will be of much help.

Permits Required

Restricted Area Permit: These vary according to the different period of time you want to trek and you are charged accordingly. Normally US$ 10 per week, $20 per week after 4 weeks is to be paid as the permit amount. There are check points at Ghunsa and Thiwa. This permit needs to be arranged through a registered trekking agent.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) permit costs NRs. 2,000 (approximately 20 Euro or US$30) which you one can get from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu. You can yourself get it but can be arranged by your agent too. You’ll need to provide 4 passport photographs.

Culture and people

Normally known as the homeland of Limbu, Kanchenjunga region has ethnic diversity too. The diversity richness in the culture of Kanchenjunga is highly appreciable. You get see the different culture with the altitude you rise through.

The Khas community-Chettris and Brahmins have settled in the lower regions and have developed their own set of cultures. Dashain and Tihar being the main festival and other monthly festivals are celebrated throughout the year. Nepali is their main language and the mother tongue whereas English can be understood due to the tourism influence. The males are mainly in the military and the lives they live are disciplined due to this reason.

The upper lands are the settlement zone of Mongolian tribes. Rai and Limbu are predominantly found and so are the Sherpas, Thakuris and other ethnic groups. Lhosar, DhaanNaach, Maghe Sakranti and Budhha Jayanti are the few most important festivals of these people. The mother tongue is different than Nepali. Rai, Limbu and other languages are spoken. But English is used to communicate with tourists. The main profession of the people over here is to get recruited in the British, Indian, Singapore or Nepal Army and the source of income is the same. This may be the reason for the people to show less interest in promoting tourism industry in their place. They lead an extravagant life.

The Eastern Himalayas have been a great impact in the lifestyles of people. The villages near the mountains have Tibetan lifestyle. The Hindu and Buddhism is the main religion followed by the people. “Atithi Devo Vawa” which means Guests are the Gods is a common feeling that every one of them share and they feel lucky to show their hospitality and serve you. The Tamur valley civilization is the main origin of Kanchenjunga region and its people.

You will get to see different cultural monuments like stupas, monasteries, temples and bihars on your trekking route. Taplejung is famous for the divine Pathivara Temple, one of the most worshipped temple by Hindus.

The trekkers can enjoy the cultural nights with the cultural performances of the people here, have home stay, learn more about them, and spend some time in the traditional villages spread all over the trials. You will be surprised and happy to see the new culture and be a part of it so easily.

 

Fauna and Flora

Kanchenjunga region is widely famous for the mysterious creature often cited in legends, “Yeti”. Even the tracks of its feet are found from this region.

But giving a reality check, it is famous for the rare Snow leopards, Blue Sheep, Lesser Pandas and musk deer. Other normal animals like yaks, mules, horses, Sheep, Himalayan goats, Himalayan bear, barking deer, foxes, and varieties of wild animals are found in this region. In case of birds, from the national bird-Lophophorus or Danphe to the common birds like sparrow, peasants and wild hens are found in the Kanchenjunga Region.

The vegetation of Kanchenjunga is influenced by the monsoon, climate, altitude and the topography it has. From medicinal herbs like Paanchaunle, Sarpagandha, to normal plants like fir, pine and Sal forests are found. The most famous is the Rhododendron forest of this region where more than 20 varieties or species of the same genus Rhododendron is seen in the spring and autumn. The forest are wholly covered with the Rhododendron flowers when they bloom and this makes the environment look amazing and spreads a pleasant smile all along the trials making trekkers feel good. The other forests you can see are the forests of Junipers, Fir, Birch, Bamboo, Hemlock and the terraced field throughout the entire trek. The vegetation is scarcely found as the altitude rises and goes above the snowline. Above snowline, cycas, pinus, and junipers are found.

You Must Have

You must at least have the following items when you trek to Kanchenjunga Region.

A pair of trekking boots

A pair of really comfortable and reliable trekking boots is a must to have in your packing. As you have to trek different topographies and go through forests and bushes you won’t want your feet to get stumbled or hurt. So, at first pack your shoes-the trekking shoes. It is quite hard to trek in the usual shoes or flip flops.

A pair of moderately warm slippers

It is not easy to remain in shoes all the times and when you get wet by the rivers and rains, your feet needs to dry up. So, you ought to have a durable and if possible, a pair of warm slippers is a must. You may even use them when in lodge or traditional home stay.

Few Pairs of Liner socks.

You may have difficulties being just in shoes so you are suggested to bring some few pairs of liner socks to wear inside the shoes. The entire trek will not take you to warmer places or colder places only. It will surely be a mix up so it’s better to opt of two different kinds of socks.

 

Few pairs of underwear

As you know, trekking and sweating are simultaneous. And maintaining hygiene is a must for trekking healthy. So, few pairs of underwear, 5-7 should be in yours must haves.

A down jacket and a down pant

You will start the trek normally from an area with moderate temperature and as you keep on trekking, the altitude keeps on rising and the temperature keeps on falling down. You could layer up but it gets really cold up there. Bringing a down jacket and pant will be much easier to keep you warm. You can even ask them for rent in Nepal.

T-shirts and trousers

T-shirts of non- allergic fibers, mostly full sleeved for both warmth and protection from sun must be in your list. 2 pair of trekking pants/trousers is the minimum requirement as you need to change in the trekking period of days. Also, one to two set of clothes for your time in Kathmandu and other parts of country.

A set of thermals

It’s better if you opt to bring some thin thermals as you may feel severe cold due to winds and snow in mountain region.

A windproof jacket/ fleece jacket and bottoms

A Camping Tent

As Kanchenjunga region is the restricted region, only few lodges and tea houses are available in the route. So, it would be of much help if you can carry a camping tent of your own or in a group.

 

 

A light sleeping bag

Everyone may not be comfortable with using the sleeping covers of the accommodated hotel or lodge. So, it is of use if you bring a light sleeping bag.

Trekking poles

There are many ups and downs in this trek and trekking poles can assist you. It will help relieve pressure on your knees.

A pair of very warm Gloves

For higher altitude and playing with snow, it is a must to have.

A woolen hat

Tampons and Sanitary Pads

There is very less chances of getting healthy or hygienic pads and tampons. So, better carry a pack of them and even extra as you will be having a long and tiresome trek.

Sunglasses

A good quality of sunglasses is a must as you will be trekking in the scorching sun all over the day with only a few shady places in between.

A torchlight/ head torchlight

Umbrella or a plastic cover up

A First aid kit

A small first aid kit with antiseptic tapes or antiseptic cream and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) or diarrhea tablets, blister plasters, Bandages, Diamox (Acetazolamide), some pain killers and a vapor rub will be a of much help to you.

Toiletries

Not sharing the toiletries with the fellows can be a good choice. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, water purifiers, sunscreen, moisturizer, lip balm, soap, shampoo sachets, toothpaste, toothbrush and a trekking towel are some of the stuffs you need to consider on bringing.

A water bottle

Not a plastic one but a metal one that can be used to fill hot water as well.

A waterproof map of Kanchenjunga Region Route

Snacks you like and entertainment such as books, cards etc.

There are very few number of motels and shops and almost no means of entertainment. Therefore, have some games like cards, light video games, cubes, puzzle solver or chess board with you. Your kind of food, snacks, energizer or bars and chocolates should be in your bag pack as you may fall hungry anytime and may not get the food of your choice in the trek circuits. So, better be prepared early to fight your hunger and entertain yourself.

COSTS

Beyond the special permit charge, you need to fill your wallet for food, accommodation and adventures. The trekking route is longer but as it falls in the rural part, you will be saving lots of extravagant expenditures. All you need to pay is for the food, stay, and extra service like potters. The cost of accommodation, food and other services is not that high for this region. But you need to pack some really good can food and energizers for the longer period. This may cost a little higher. It is always wise to prepare for some extra expenditure and carry some good amount as the region is unpredictable and wild.

Approximate cost tends to be above NRs20,000.

 

FAQs

What is the Kanchenjunga trek targeted for and who will enjoy this Trek?

If you have an adventurous soul, you love nature and the amazing Himalayas in the remote and have the three weeks or so time, then Kanchenjunga Trekking is the most adorable place you want to be in and spend your holidays doing what you love. Especially those who are interested in culture and alpine mountain scenery and want to get away from the crowds and who are willing to compromise on comforts to experience authentic Nepaland will find this region as the best place to trek. So, Kanchenjunga trek is for the adventurous trekkers who can fight with any circumstances to explore the trekking at its best and be in the tough and rough topography where the nature is at its best – flawlessly beautifying the whole region.

 

What permits do I need for a Kanchenjunga trek?

You need to take two major permits.  One restricted area permit as Kanchenjunga Region is a restricted area. And another permit required is from Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which is available at Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu.

You need to pay US $10 for a week as the Restricted Area Permit and $20 for per week after 4 weeks. There are check points at Ghunsa and Thiwa where you can do the payment. This permit needs to be arranged through a registered trekking agent.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) permit costs around NRs. 2,000 and this allows you to trek to the majestic Kanchenjunga region.

You’ll need to provide 4 passport photographs to take the permits and a copy of your passport. You ought to have an eligible visa.

Can I trek the Kanchenjunga region alone with no guides and companion?

Trekking alone in the Kanchenjunga region is taking a huge risk which often is not recommended. According to the rules, you must trek as a group of at least two and be accompanied by a registered guide. This place is a little wild and unexplored with less communication services, so it’s a must to be with a companion.

People who often buy an extra permit to show they are going with a guide or having a company with them with the intension to trek alone have gone through much trouble.

So, it’s a big NO to trekking alone in the wild Kanchenjunga Region.

 

 

How are the trails in the Kanchenjunga region?

The trek has the remoteness and wilderness. It is not an easy trek as the topography has made it rough and tough. There are sections that cross large landslide areas which feature occasional falling rocks. These areas are definitely dangerous and require extra precautions to cross. Every part of Kanchenjunga is almost tough.

The glaciers are the next factor that will make you fall and fear at the same time for Kanchenjunga Trek. You need to be very cautious when you walk near the glaciers as they may roll you down with their high currents.

So, being cautious, seeing the views, enjoying the trek and making it the adventure is the only way you will trek.

Am I fit to trek?

If you are a patient of Asthma, cardio-diseases or seizures then you are suggested not to travel. Also, if you panic in small urgencies and fear wilderness then it’s better for you to never plan for this trek. Otherwise, if you have the guts and will to trek then you can hit the roads. But be aware that you need to have some exercises to make your muscles ready for the trek

How busy is the Kanchenjunga region compared to other tea-house regions?

It’s the quietest camping trek which has turned to be a tea-house trekking region.  With only a thousand or so visitors a year compared with 40,000 above for the whole Annapurna region, 35 thousands for the Everest region and a little small figure for the Manaslu circuit and Langtang, Knachangjunga without a doubt is the quietest of the famous trekking regions of Nepal. So even in Nepal’s peak October season, the Kanchenjunga region sees relatively few trekkers. It is at its natural stage and many visitors have not explored it, thereby leaving it unspoiled.

Why is tea-house trekking better than camping?

It’s totally up to you which sort of trekking you want to go for. Once famous for the Camping trekking, Kanchenjunga Region has now been getting tea-house trekkers.

If you chose to go for tea house trek, then you will be able to be close to locals. You can have interactions that are warmer and you will be bringing money into that area by staying in the lodges and consuming the food there.

While on camping trek, you will be hiring only the potters from local and probably nothing else. So, you won’t be able to give much. Your team may be bigger and you need to carry much stuff in camping.

Looking at the long run, trekking is cleaner. Camping invariably leads to littering but with trekking wastes go to a selected area and get disposed.

This way trekking is local centric and environment friendly and of much relief to you too. But it is up to you which to go for and what you love.

What type of accommodation is available?

The region is a rural one and not much infrastructure has been linked to upper land. So, don’t have high expectations of luxury lodges, instead expect simple accommodation.

What gear/ clothes/equipment to take on a trek?

The less you take, the better when you trek. But the necessary items are never to be missed. Pack as little as possible while being prepared for a variety of conditions from the hot lowland areas to wintery mountain areas. Be ready for any seasonal outbreak and take all that you think is required.

What is the food like?

The typical Nepali food with Nepali cuisines and drink is available everywhere. Dal bhat which is white rice with a lentil soup and some lightly curried vegetables or some spinach-type greens is the main food. You can get chowmeins, pastas and homemade breads as the alternatives. Coffee and hot drinks may not be available everywhere.

When can I trek the Kanchenjunga region?

The spring and autumn months are the seasons of trekking. The best months to trek are during late March and April to early May, and October to November. Mid-December through January and February are particularly cold and windy in the alpine areas.  From late May through June, July, August and September, there are monsoon rains. Flights are particularly unreliable during the monsoon. So, be in the Kanchenjunga region when the climate is favorable and the nature will be dancing at its best.

When the lodges are open? How do I know if they are open?

There is no official season. It depends upon the mercy of snowfall and climate. It’s for sure they will remain open during the trekking season despite the hurdles.

How high can I get while trekking?

On a rough scramble , you can get 6000m high,. No peak permit is needed as it isn’t a peak. So, you may try to reach as high as you wish to and as you can.

How to arrange Trekking Peak, Climbing and Mountaineering permit?

It’s almost impossible to get a trekking peak, climbing and mountaineering permit as it is full of risks and many precautions need to be taken. All trekking peak and expedition peak mountaineering permits need to be arranged through a travel or trekking agency; it is not allowed to apply individually for peak climbing. You will need to fill in a bio-data form and give this to your agency. The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is authorized to issue a trekking peak climbing permit for only Bokta Peak (6143m) in the Kanchenjunga region. Other peaks require an expedition permit and a lot of paperwork.

 

At the end,

You have almost come to know about every details of the Kanchenjunga Region Trekking. Kanchenjunga region offers you everything at its best and wild form. You will know what fun is after a real adventure trek to country side that amazes you with its view, landscapes, vegetation and culture. You will not regret to have chosen this undiscovered and peaceful region for your trek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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