Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the third highest mountain in the world is situated in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, designated as a conservation area in March 1998 it covers an area of 2035 sq km in the Taplejung district, in the northeastern corner of Nepal.
The region comprises some of the most stunning scenery in all of Nepal. It is also a global hotspot for plant biodiversity. 23 species of rhododendrons alone have been identified by botanists in the area. Its rich forests support more than 250 species of birds and endangered wildlife like the Snow Leopard and the Red Panda. A trek to the base camps of Kanchanjunga is a remarkable and memorable journey. Translated into English Kanchenjunga means clear crystal. The trek centers around the Arun river, the culture of the local people living in this area is as diverse and colorful as the nature here. Sherpa and Gurung communities are predominant in the northern part of the region whilst Rai, Limbu, Magar, Tamang, Brahman and Chhetri dominate the south.
The area is extremely rich in natural beauty and it provides a habitat to numerous wild animals, birds and exotic plants. Rhododendrons, orchids, lilies, primula are amongst the many species of flowers found here. The region also serves as a habitat to the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer and red panda and the birdlife includes Impheyan, pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, shy drongo.
The trek is fairly strenuous so you need to be fit but the rewards speak for themselves. If you are looking for something out of the way rich in flora and fauna with some tremendous views this may well be the trek for you especially if you are into nature.
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Trekking Destination: Kanchanjunga Base Camp 5220m
Group Size: Min - 2
Minimum altitude: 3158m
Maximum altitude: 5525m.
Grade: Moderate and fairly strenuous
Season: Spring & Autumn
Accommodation: Tented camp / lodges
Duration: 27 days
Itinerary in Detail (27 days)
Day 01 : Upon your arrival in Kathmandu you will be greeted by a W.T.T.T. representative for the transfer to your Hotel. Introductory breifing about the program.
Day 02 : City tour in Kathmandu valley which includes the visits to many historical and architectural monuments.
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Bassantpur (1900m)
Day 04 : Trek through mossy Rhododendron forests eventually leading to Chauki (2700m) .
Day 05 : Receive your first views of various peaks including Kanchenjunga. Over night in Gupa Pokhari.
Day 06 : Continue ascending early, through interesting forests. Camp the night by the river at Dovan.
Day 07 : Most of the day you follow the river up the Tamur Valley through rocky fields up to Mitlung.
Day 08 : Cross the river and continue up, the path narrows, you eventually reach the village of Chirwa.
Day 09 : Trek up the Gunsa Khola valley. Riverside camp near the Tibetan village of Sakathum.
Day 10 : Enter an arid landscape and follow a hairy trail up to a crest. Descend slightly to Amjilessa
Day 11 : Forests of bamboo, oak & rhododendron, waterfalls, pastures, and great views up to Kyapra.
Day 12 : Descend steeply into the side of a ravine, trek along the river to yak pastures and up to Gunsa.
Day 13 : Acclimatisation day - Gunsa. Trek to the lake at the Yamatari Glacier.
Day 14 : Tackle the unstable slopes leading up to the Tibetan settlement of Kambachen (4,040m).
Day 15 : Acclimatisation Day Kambachen. There are a number of day hikes to help acclimatise.
Day 16 : The trail is rocky then crosses moraines. Camp at Lhonak, the views prevail from all directions.
Day 17 : Trek up to the base camp of Pang Pema (5,140m) Watch the sunset over
Day 18 : Hike up the ridge early. The panorama is spectacular, Kambachen overnight
Day 19 : Kambachen to Gunsa
Day 20 : Today you trek along a trail that is difficult to distinguish. Camp at Tseram, a large flat meadow.
Day 21 : Walk along the moraine of the Yalung glacier. The valley opens up, camp at Ramche (4,420m).
Day 22 : Day trip to Yalung Glacier
Day 23 : Start the you descent today taking a different route to Chirwa
Day 24 : Chirwa to Anpan (2250m)
Day 25 : Anpan to Pokari (1,700m)
Day 26 : Pokhari to Taplejung (2,350m)
Day 27 : Fly back to Biratnager and take a flight back to Kathmandu.