Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, is found in eastern Nepal, not far from the Sikkim/India border. Kanchenjunga is revered by the Nepalese as a sacred mountain of great spiritual significance. The name "Kanchenjunga" in the local language translates to "five riches of snow" in reference to the mountain's five peaks.
The first successful climb of Kanchenjunga was made in 1955 by a British team. Although it is still regarded as one of the Himalayas' more challenging peaks to climb, Everest has grown in popularity as a mountain climbing and trekking destination.
In addition to being well known for its extensive biodiversity, Kanchenjunga is home to a variety of flora and wildlife. There are many native settlements in the area that have a long history of living in harmony with the mountain and its environs. These people have a diverse cultural history.
Kanchenjunga is located at 27° 42' 19" N, 88° 08' 59" E and has a longitude and latitude of 88.15° E and 27.70° N, respectively. It is situated approximately 125 km (78 miles) east-northeast of the Nepalese city of Taplejung and 120 km (75 miles) southeast of the Indian city of Gangtok.
Kanchenjunga is the third-highest mountain in the world, rising 8,586 m (28,169 ft) above sea level.
The Main Peak of Kanchenjunga is the mountain's highest point, and it is followed by four other summits. These peaks go by the names of North Peak, Central Peak, South Peak, and West Peak. The mountain's lower slopes are covered with lush forests, whereas its highest points are covered in snow and ice. It is also recognized for its diverse fauna, with a variety of species of animals and plants living there.
There are various climbing routes on Kanchenjunga, but the North-East Ridge, South-West Face, and West Pillar are some of the most popular routes to reach the summit. Only expert climbers take the hardest and least frequently utilized route, the West Pillar.
Climbers need a Nepalese government permit in order to ascend Kanchenjunga. A passport, a visa, and climbing certificates are some of the paperwork required for the lengthy authorization application process. You also need to hire a licensed Nepalese trekking company and pay the appropriate taxes and fees.
Permits & Entrance Fee
A sizable amount of specialized gear, such as high-altitude climbing gear, warm clothing, tents, sleeping bags, and cooking equipment, is needed to climb Kanchenjunga. A first-aid kit, as well as medical supplies and enough food and supplies for the entire climb, must also be brought. You can click on "equipment" for more information.
Additionally, climbers should be cautious of the dangers of ascending Kanchenjunga, such as avalanches, frostbite, and altitude sickness. It's critical to be well-versed in high-altitude climbing techniques and to gradually acclimate to the high altitude. Additionally, climbers need to be equipped for severe weather and knowledgeable about basic first aid and emergency response techniques.
After breakfast in Amjilosa, we will start our trek by passing numerous waterfalls and the dispersed villages that are peacefully tucked away in the valley below the mountains, we will continue upward through the densely forested area with mature oak and dense rhododendron trees. As we gently travel in the direction of Gyabla, we will stop in some teahouses for lunch and continue our trek to Gybla, during this trekking part, we will have the opportunity to see many different birds and wild animals. Reach at Gyabla then overnight stay there.
We start our day earlier in the morning compared to the last few days, It's a bit challenging roller coaster hike day. This morning towards the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Crossing the Sinon La pass (4,450m) and then Mirgin La (4470m). From the pass scenic views of Mt Everest, Makalu and extraordinary panorama Kanchenjunga and its valley appear in front of your views. We descend along a small trail to Cheram, the only settlement we find on this route. We gonna stay overnight here.
Today we descend markedly downhill through a Simbuwa Khola gorge leaving behind the alpine regions. But the final section is a steep uphill over an area prone to landslides and through forests of rhododendron and pine. There are no settlements until we reach Torongding, where there are a few teahouses.
The sub-tropical monsoon is often predictable and pleasant in the Kanchenjunga region. About halfway between June and the third week of September comes the monsoon season. This time period accounts for 80% of rainfall, and the rest of the year is dry. The ideal seasons for trekking, peak-climbing, expeditions, and other activities are spring and fall. The four to six seasons that have been assigned to it are as follows.
The autumn, from September to November, is the ideal season for Kanchenjunga treks. There are lower chances of rain during this time, which allows for clear views of the Himalayas. In a similar vein, the spring months, from March to May, are ideal for trekking to Kanchenjunga. At this time of year, the lush woodland is covered in lovely vegetation. While trekking, it provides you with a fantastic experience. Late December, January, and February are the least popular times of year to hike up Kanchenjunga. The Sinion La (4646 m) and Mirgin La (4470 m) passes are hazardous when there is a lot of snow on the ground.
Two paths make up the Kanchenjunga circle. One goes counterclockwise from south to north, and the other is from north to south (clockwise). Selecting a route is a crucial choice before beginning your Kanchenjunga adventure because each has advantages and disadvantages. The anti-clockwise route is quicker, but the longer clockwise route means that you will have enough time to acclimatize.
18 Days for North base camp Trek and 24 days for both base camp
In Kanchenjunga, solo hiking is prohibited. You must hike in a pack or with a companion. If you can't find a hiking companion, Contact us.
You require a special permit from the immigration department of the Nepali government to enter the restricted area known as the Kanchenjunga Trek. During your Kanchenjunga trip, your guide and porters are crucial. The many trekking pathways are known to guides. Not only that, but guides also describe the locals' traditions and ways of life. Even during peak season, the guide will reserve your lodging and everything else in advance. With guides, you can communicate effectively with locals. On the other hand, you can also employ guides who double as porters, carrying your luggage while also providing guiding services.
You should include some essential trekking equipment for the Kanchenjunga trip. Here are some additional details that you can learn by contacting us.
The region surrounding Kanchenjunga lacks an ATM. In Birtamod and Bhadrapur, ATM services are available before and after the trek but not during it. Thus, before beginning the walk, you must have adequate cash with you from Kathmandu.
Mountain sickness is another name for altitude sickness. The biggest issue for all mountain hikers is mountain sickness. During the Kanchenjunga hike, trekkers may occasionally experience several sorts of sickness, including:
Therefore, the most harmful and potentially fatal forms of mountain sickness are HAPE and HACE. The patient must receive treatment as soon as possible; otherwise, they risk dying. AMS is a common kind of mountain sickness, unlike HACE and HAPE.
The national dish of Nepal, DAL-BHAT, which consists of rice, dal, and veggies, will be served, along with pasta, soups, potatoes, bread, fruits, and eggs. When possible, we'll use locally sourced, fresh products. We'll provide portions that are adequate for your caloric requirements. Please let us know if you have any particular dietary requirements.