Complete details of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
13 Mar 2021 Musical Trek
Trek around the world’s third-highest mount Kanchenjunga [8586 m] is an off-the-beaten trek experience in the Himalayas. The route is a full package of adventure, culture, and nature. The trail straddling on varied altitudes from tropical to alpine terrain. Throughout the Kanchenjunga, the route has dense hamlet of multiple ethnic groups Gurung, Tamang, Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa. Beyond that exploring the dense forest enormous animals pasture aside of glacier valley n beneath of the mountains. Officially there is two base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal side. Kanchenjunga trek is popular into wilderness adventure hikers. The wide verified landscapes and rustic Nepalese culture is the highlight of the trek. Mount Kanchenjunga placing at the border of India and Nepal also not so far from Tibet. Kanchenjunga West, South, and North base camp reach from Teplejung Nepal and east face getting from Sikkim and Darjeeling of India.
Where to starts and exit Kanchenjunga base camp trek?
To begins the long and adventurous Kanchenjunga base camp trek, you need to reach headquarter of Taplejung district. Primarily there is two different way to reach Taplejung from nearest Kathmandu and another major town- by road and by air.
If you prefer to take a bus from Kathmandu/Pokhara, first have to reach Birtamod bus station nearby the Indian border. The bus station is only 36 Km distance from Kakarbita immigration and from here roughly 60 Km to New Jalpaiguri. Kathmandu/Pokhara to Birtamod is an overnight bus drive that takes around 16 hours. Then from Birtamod again 10 hours drive over the sloppy mountain to reach Teplejung. The regular night and day bus running from Kathmandu to Birtamod after that also shared jeep and buses regularly leaving to Taplejung. The trek begins from Taplejung along the Tamor River or the bumpy and dusty drive continuous to Lelep.
After completing Kanchenjunga north base camp retrace to Taplejung or crossing Se le le la pass and attempt to scale Kanchenjunga south base camp. Then walk down on rice terraced after that take a bus/jeep from Happu Khola to Birtamod.
The flight is also connected from Kathmandu to Suketar airport (the airstrip located at Taplejung). There is no direct flight from Kathmandu to Suketar, it flies via Biratnagar or Bhadrapur. It is not a regular flight, it only operates as soon as enough passengers to and fro.
When is Best Season For Kanchenjunga Trek
Off the beaten Kanchenjunga base camp trek is one of the long length mountain treks in Nepal. Complete Kanchenjunga trek route laying on the foot of Himalayas also onto the glacier. The good weather forecast lets you have full enjoyment in the mountains. There are two main trekking seasons for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek spring and autumn.
These two seasons have good weather forecasts and mild temperatures. The weather forecast, climate, and temperature play must important role to collect the best experience of the Kanchenjunga trek. However, since a Kanchenjunga region is isolated hardly come-cross the traffic. Throughout the spring season (March/April/May) you may embrace the incredible color of Rhododendron bloom in different colors. Since it is drier season some haze and smoke over the Himalayas.
Autumn season begins from the 2nd week of September to the end of November is the busiest trekking period in Nepal. Kanchenjunga trek route also comparatively busiest than other times. Most of the day stable weather, clear sky, and mild temperatures throughout. Lower elevation terrain has a green and yellow terrace. And alpine terrain offers a great view of the Crystal Mountains. No matter of the month any time can change the weather forecast and throughout November possible to have snowfall.
The lodges and guesthouse closed down during the off-season at Lhonak, Pangpema, Khambachen, Tseram, Ramche, and Torongding.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Permits
Since the Kanchenjunga trek route is associated with the international border, immigration permits are required. The immigration permits only obtain from Nepal government authorized trekking agency. The Kanchenjunga restricted area permit cost USD20 for 8-days and 2-trekkers requires for the permits. Also need to buy a Kanchenjunga conservation area permit which costs Rs-3000 (One time pay), both trekking permits should obtain from Kathmandu. Both permits should keep safely because it often checks throughout the journey.
Meals/Food en route of Kanchenjunga Trek
Hygienic and healthy food is most important thing during the trek. The bad/stale meals can spoil the entire journey. Kanchenjunga trek route lately running the lodge. Comparatively does not have a wide variety of meal items like Everest region, Annapurna region, Langtang Helambu and Manaslu Tsum Valley. Most of the kitchen cook fresh gardening vegetable and other that plants around. The villagers grow green vegetables, potatoes, buckwheat, rice, grain, etc. All the lodge/guesthouse and local restaurant have menu-card, you may choose any foods as you want but the taste probably not like back at hometown. What food expect during the Kanchenjunga trek. Egg, bread (Toast, Chapati, Pancake, buckwheat), Oat Porridge, Muesli for the breakfast. Must of the hike day lunch break on half of the trail and it should be easy and light food. Rice, potatoes, noodles, and some thick soup Sherpa stew or Thenthuk recommend for the lunch. You have enough eating time for dinner, you make select like Mo Mo, Dhal Bhat, Spaghetti, soup, and bread. A variety of hot drinks are available throughout the route like tea (Milk/Black/Mint/Lemon/Ginger/Masals) and Coffee. Also, mineral water and soft drinks (Coke and Fanta) are available all the lodge and shop.
Accommodation in Kanchenjunga Trek
Kanchenjunga region widely recognizes for few years and trekker’s number grows each year. As growing the visitor the local entrepreneur starts to run the lodge and guesthouse each camp.
The accommodation en route of the Kanchenjunga trek relatively poor than other major trekking routes Annapurna region, Langtang Helambu region, and Everest region. The house turns into a lodge in different villages. But there is no permanent human hamlet at Khambachen, Lhonak, Pangpema, Se le La, Ramche, Cheram, and Torongding. This camp has a very basic room with limited accommodation.
Electricity accessible in Kanchenjunga Trek
As the Kanchenjunga trek route covering the most remote area of the Taplejung district. All the necessary infrastructure not built yet. Indeed electricity available at the beginning and as the trek ascend further inner mountain and glacier no electricity. Therefore wiser to carry a torch or headlamp that useful during the night and for the toilet. There is electricity at Ghunsa village and possible to charge your electronic device before and after Kanchenjunga north base camp.
On way to Kanchenjunga south base camp no hydro-electricity over Se le la pass, Ramche, Cheram, and Torongding. Most of the lodge has solar power also possible to charge the mobile and camera but limit power. Wiser to carry the handy solar charger and hang it on the bag-pack during the sunshine to restore the power.
Guide and Porter cost for Kanchenjunga Trek.
The thought comes here does guide and porter requires for Kanchenjunga trek. In Nepal there are many trekking routes, can do trek independently. But some of the trekking routes in Nepal are listed in a restricted area. Where all the travelers need permission from the Nepal government and licensed trekking guide is compulsory. Kanchenjunga region trek is one of the restricted trekking sections in Nepal. Licensed trek guide mean authorized trek/mountain guide from the Nepal government. A guide has taken specified classes that included safety, first aid, culture, and hospitality. Kanchenjunga trek guide speaks fluent English and translated/communicate with local people. There is numerous permit check-point where the guide document and Kanchenjunga trek permit often be checked.
As the Kanchenjunga trek route stretched on a backwoods region of Nepal, the trail is not stable compared to Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang. Where the porter is helpful carry your trek stuff and it let you have enjoyment with Mother Nature and charming Nepalese culture. The trek is isolated in a remote area of Nepal and engine transportation does not reach the area. We supply high-altitude experienced strong porter who also has good behavior and adventure passion. Since the human has to carry necessary goods from town to village. The guide and porter’s daily expenses are expensive than another trekking route. The daily wage of the Kanchenjunga trek guide US$35 and porter US$25. From the money they take care their expense, equipment and company do insurance for them.