Mount Kanchenjunga Trekking “off the beaten path Trek” has emerged as a new possibility to the trekkers who have been disappointed for not being able to do Annapurna Circuit Trek or Mustang Trek, both shortened by the road, Everest Base Camp Trek because of inconsistent flights or looking for another possible lodge treks like all of above-mentioned treks in Nepal. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is far harder and more strenuous than the Annapurna Circuit Trek and cannot be placed in the same category as Annapurna Circuit Trek. The logistics and food are the most basic compared to simple luxuries (attached bathroom, hot showers, warm dining) available in the circuit. However, the wild and pristine region with its beauty at peace, tries its hardest to make up for all its shortcomings.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek has a starts similarly like the old Annapurna Circuit Trek, passing through the lowlands and terraced villages of various ethnical people constantly following the valleys carved by the rivers coming from the Yalung and Kanchenjunga Glacier. Slowly the trek climbs into the higher valleys with mountains growing larger and closer with each day. The trek has two main valleys leading to North and South Base Camp; Oktang (Kanchenjunga Base Camp South) from Suketar and Pangpema (Kanchenjunga Base Camp North ) from Mitlung separated by Sele La Pass.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek South side Route
If started through Suketar, one can enjoy views of Kanchenjunga Range, Kabru Range and Jannu from distant and watch them grow with each passing days of trek. After some days though tropical climate and Limbu villages the trek finally enters higher elevations at Thungim (listed in the trekking map as Yamphudin). Some hard days follows as the climb from Thungim via Sherpa Gaon to Lasiya Bhanjyang is a steep 1300 meters climb and is not recommended as well. An alternative route from Thungim via Amji Khola over two days is recommended. This hard day is rewarded with views of Everest and Makalu (for this one has to leave the main trail and continue to for the top for extra 15 minutes near Lasiya Bhanjyang) and also blooming rhododendrons (in spring) can help lifting the mood. The narrow valleys and small lodges at Tseram and Ramche leads to Oktang (Kanchenjunga Base Camp, South) passing through some yak pasturelands en route to Oktang from Tseram. This part of the trek offers views of Kanchanjunga, Kabru Range, Rathong, Boktoh and several other 5000-meter peaks lying on the border of Nepal and India. Oktang also marks the end of north side of Kanchenjunga Trek.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek North Side Route
From Mitlung, the trek similarly starts following narrow valleys and lots of cardamom fields and tropical forests. After couple of days very similar to the days of the other side, Tibetan village of Phale marks entrance into the lap of the mountains. The very next settlement after Phale is Ghunsa, the biggest in the higher altitudes of whole Kanchenjunga region and also probably the best with much better lodges. Many almost invisible trails through scree and landslides follows after Ghunsa and leads into Khambachen, a higher pastureland for yaks now turned into a small village with few lodges. Impressive Jannu, Sobhi Thongje, Gabur and Sarphu Range enclose these valleys and many unnamed peaks appears towards the end of the valley. Lhonak is similar with Gimmi Gela, Mera, Wedge peak surrounding it and Gimmi Gela Twin, Nepal Peak and Kirat Chuli at the end of valley. Another hard day through rocks and boulders leads finally to Pangpema (Kanchenjunga Base Camp, South). An option to climb on several ridges of Dhromo Peak for better views of Kanchenjunga is recommended as well.
The trek also has one of the longest pass (but not so hard), Sele La that separates Northern and Southern valleys of Kanchenjunga. The pass can be done in two days and has several small passes on the pass day but commonly known as Sele La. The major passes are (in order from Tseram to Ghunsa) Sinelapche Bhanjyang, Mirgin La, Sinion La and finally Sele La (two more places with prayer flags as passes as well). Sinelapche Bhanjyang is the highest with elevation of 4650 meters and Mirgin La provides best view with Makalu on the horizon.
Where is Mount Kanchenjunga Located?
Kangchenjunga, also spelled Kanchenjunga and Khangchendzonga, is the third highest mountain in the world. Its summit lies at 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in a section of the Himalayas, the Kangchenjunga Himal, which is bounded in the west by the Tamur River, in the north by the Lhonak River and Jongsang La, and in the east by the Teesta River. It lies in the border region between Nepal and Sikkim state of India, with three of the five peaks, namely Main, Central and South, directly on the border, and the peaks West and Kangbachen in Nepal's Taplejung District.
Mount Kanchenjunga Climbing Route,
There are four climbing routes to reach the summit of Kangchenjunga, three of which are in Nepal from the southwest, northwest, and northeast, and one from northeastern Sikkim in India. To date, the northeastern route from Sikkim has been successfully used only three times. The Indian government has banned expeditions to Kanchenjunga; therefore, this route has been closed since 2000. Mount Kangchenjunga was first climbed on 25 May 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of the 1955 British Kangchenjunga expedition.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek complete trek details,
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