Trekking to the world’s third highest mountain base camp, the base camp of Kanchenjunga, is an adventure and achievement in itself. With a whopping altitude of 17,000 ft, the Khangchendzonga or Kanchenjunga base camp trek is one of the most adventurous treks taken by people from different parts of the world. Kanchenjunga and the surrounding mountains form the world’s third highest peaks, reaching a height of 8586 meters, and covering large portions of the Himalayas- Main, Central, and South, with the borders of India and Nepal.
Due to its remote location in Sikkim, the trek had remained unexplored for a long time, however, with recent explorations, the trek was made accessible to all the adventure enthusiasts out there. The journey starts from a small village of Sikkim- Yuksom and passes through the gushy Rathong River. If you choose to take up this strenuous trek, you will move through forests, meadows, beautiful lakes, hamlets, tribal villages, steep climbs, heavenly heights, and rare flora and fauna. The traditional hamlets encountered along the trek possess attractive unusual and unique cultures. Some regions along the trail are secluded as they were left unexplored for years. Due to the varied terrain, you will witness the breathtaking views of once-in-lifetime kind of attractions.
Kanchenjunga base camp Trek is one of the highest treks that takes you to an altitude of 17,000 ft.
This trek can be enjoyed by intermediate to pro trekkers as it is moderate-difficult. The trail takes you through dense forests, meadows, snow-clad summits, and secluded regions with steep climbs on moderate to rough terrain.
The trek is difficult because you will cover a distance of 90 kilometers in 11 days. The base camp of the trek is Yuksom, Sikkim and the nearest railway head is New Jalpaiguri.
The Bagdogra airport is at a distance of 160 kilometers from Yuksom. Due to staggering heights, mobile network services have no signals.
The best time to experience this trek is around the Summer season- May to June as the temperatures reach up to 25°C in Yuksom and 15°C at Dzongri.
These conditions make the weather comfortable to travel long distances as snow doesn’t hinder the trail.
After mid-September, temperatures fall as winters start to kick in, leading to excessive snowfall. Hence, no trek is allowed during this time.
Drive from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to Yuksom (5,670ft)
Transfer from Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station to Yuksom in 7 hours.
Witness the beauty of the Himalayas and Teesta River as you ascend the road.
Arrive in Yuksom at 5670 ft and check in the hotel to rest overnight.
You should be physically fit as you ascend and descend hills multiple times to cover 90 kilometers in Kanchenjunga base camp trekking.
Since the trek reaches a height of 17,000 ft, oxygen is less at this altitude. You should perform altitude acclimatization to be comfortable and fit.
Practice the technique of ventilation as atmospheric pressure drops at such high altitudes with reduced oxygen inhalation.
The sudden drop in oxygen may cause discomfort like headaches, hypoxic conditions, vomiting, and other health problems. So, carry medicines and take necessary measures to avoid these.
Make sure to train yourself well before the trek as it is a long journey with moderate to difficult level trails.
Visit a doctor before the trek to test your fitness level and other mandatory checkups.
Avoid planning to trek during monsoons and winters as the trail is inaccessible and blocked.
Carry cash with yourself as there is no ATM or UPI facility beyond Yuksom.
There would be no mobile phone network after Yuksom. Hence, you should inform your family and dear before going on the base camp trek.
Have adequate sleep of 7-9 hours during the days of your trek as moving restlessly would hinder your journey keeping you uncomfortable.
Carry a 35-40 liter backpack for keeping all the necessary items.
Legend says that a mountain deity known as Dzö-nga, meaning 'Kangchenjunga Demon' lives in these mountains. In 1952, a British group of mountaineers spotted a strange creature, which locals referred to as the ‘Kangchenjunga Demon’.
According to the people of Sikkim, Nepal, and Tibet, there is a hidden valley on the slope of Kanchenjunga base camp trek mountain, which makes the visitor immortal. This valley is known as ‘Beyul Demoshong’ to Tibetan monks, who once went with 300 people to open its so-called doors.
You should choose the Kanchenjunga base camp trek as it lets you witness the enchanting mountain peaks from a whopping height of 16,000 ft. The Kanchenjunga mountain, 8586 meters, looks mesmerizing from such height. The trail will take you through lush forests, meadows, beautiful lakes, gushy rivers, hamlets, tribal villages, steep climbs, heavenly heights, and rare flora and fauna. It is one of the best trekking experiences to cherish.