Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Highlights
- Hike in alpine meadows and high-altitude wetlands
- Get a chance to observe the third highest mountain on the planet, Mt. Kanchenjunga
- Diverse flora and faunas
- Typical settlement of Rai, Sherpa, and Tamang with Tibetan lifestyle
- Walking on the lap of the Mt. Kanchenjunga
The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek provides breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks plus a subtropical lowland landscape, rhododendron and alpine forests, and stunning glaciers. Being an exhausting trek it is advised to attempt it for anyone with any trekking experience and a reasonable fitness standard.
The base camp itself on the north face is located at Pangpema (5.100) and is reached by a high track following the Kanchenjunga Glacier moraine. Overlooking the glacier, the base camp provides breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang’s north pole, also known as the Kanchenjunga West (8,505 m). An extra day is spent here for the return trip to recover stamina and take in the magnificent views of Mount Kanchenjunga, Janu Himal, and other Himalayan peaks.
It is significant to note that Mount Kanchenjunga is the world’s third tallest mountain at 8,586 m, and was considered to be the tallest peak until 1849, and now it lies just behind the world’s first and second tallest mountain, Mount Everest (8,848 m) and K2 (8,611 m).
Kanchenjunga region is protected by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, and the Sacred Himalayan Landscape initiative of the World Wild Life Fund (WWF) for the preservation of rare animals and plants. There is an array of species like the legendary snow leopard, Asian black bear, and red panda, to name but a handful including its rarest mammals.
Also, this region is famous for bird lovers. More than 200 species of birds are found in this region. Situated in the eastern corner of Nepal, and also bordering Sikkim in India and Tibet, you will get a chance to interact with Buddhist people. Also, you will get a chance to meditate in monasteries while trekking in Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek which lasts for 19 days.