About Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the most adventurous trekking trails in the isolated region of eastern Nepal. The trek is named after the world's third-highest peak, Kanchenjunga (8586 M), which is located in the Taplejung district. This region is also renowned for its three picturesque valleys- the Simbua Khola Valley, the Ghunsa Valley, and the Tamor Valley. The fascinating fact about this region is that in 1997, the Government of Nepal in support of WWF declared the main area of the Kanchenjunga region a " Gift to the Earth". You will get to see marvelous views of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586 M), beautiful rivers, diverse landscapes, glaciers, and dense forests of rhododendrons.
Spread over an area of 2035 sq. km., Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is another attraction of this trek where you'll find rare and unique flora and fauna such as Rhododendrons, Orchids, Asiatic Black Bear, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard, etc. Kanchenjunga area is additionally a global center for plant diverseness and as many as 23 species of rhododendrons and over 2000 flowering plants are known here.
The 24-day Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek allows you to discover the unique culture and lifestyle of the indigenous people who live in peaceful villages that stretch to the far side of the border between Tibet and Sikkim. The region is abundant in ethnic diversity and culture with over 11 ethnic communities including Sherpa, Rai, Limbus, Chhetri, and Brahmins. This region conjointly includes many monasteries, temples, prayer walls, and chortens, making the region rich in cultural heritage. The path gradually ascends from 1,200 meters to 5,180 meters higher than the sea level. You'll also cross over many passes, including Mirgin La pass and two base camps; North and South, which offers majestic Kanchenjunga massif views (8586 M).
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a difficult one like most of the high-altitude treks in Nepal. However, the sheer beauty one can explore and experience during the trek is immeasurable. The best time to do the trek is during the Autumn and Spring season.