Kanchenjunga Base camp trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Overview

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.

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

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  • 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.

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Itinerary

  • On Day 1, you will transfer from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to Yuksom (5,670ft) in 7 Hours.

  • On Day 2 or the first day of the Kanchenjunga base camp trekking, you will trek from Yuksom to Sachen at 7,150ft.

  • On Day 3, you will reach Tshokha (9,700ft), a Tibetan refugee via Bhakim at 8,600ft.

  • On Day 4, you will trek to Phedang at 12,000ft after crossing rhododendron forests.

  • On Day 5, you will reach Dzongri at 12,980ft and rest in the same place for Day 6 as well.

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  • One Day 7, you will trek from Dzongri to Thangshing at an altitude of 12,900ft.

  • On Day 8, you will reach the height point GoechaLa at 16,000ft and witness the beauty of the Kanchenjunga mountains. You will descend to Lamuney.

  • Ok Day 9, you will descend on Tshoka in 7-8 hours.

  • On Day 10 or the final day of the trek, you will reach base camp at Yuksom.

  • The final day will mark your departure from Yuksom.

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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.

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What To Pack For Kanchenjunga Base camp Trek

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  • Backpack 35­-40 Ltrs.
  • Small Day pack 20 Ltrs (carry your trail, camera, and water.)
  • Water bottles, snacks like biscuits, protein bars, glucose-based chocolates, cup noodles, dry fruits, and quick energy bites
  • Hiking pants/trousers and shirts
  • Trekking shoes that are suitable for any terrain
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, tissues, moisturizer, cold coral, sanitizer, and anti-fungal cream
  • Medicine kit
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Warm jacket/pullover
  • Several gloves and socks
  • Raincoat- in case of an emergency
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Know Before You Go to Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

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  • 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.

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Facts About Kanchenjunga Trek

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  • 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.

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Why to do Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

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.

FAQ's

How Difficult is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

The Kanchenjunga base camp trek ranges from moderate to difficult levels due to multiple factors, one of them being huge altitude gain. Yuksom at 5,670 ft and takes you as high as 16,000 ft. Although you travel to Yuksom by cab/bus, still you gain 5,670 ft in a single day. The entire trek will give you an altitude gain of 16,000 ft over 11 days, with an average of 1,455 ft every day. Another factor for the toughness is that you are required to ascend and descend 90 kilometers on a steep trail with quick climbs. To win big in this trek, you should train every day to walk 8 kilometers successfully to be able to take up this trek.

Where does the Kanchenjunga base camp or Khangchendzonga start?

It starts in a small time named Yuksom, Sikkim. The northeastern town was once a home to Chogyal kings, now importantly known as the base camp of the Kanchendzonga trek. You will reach Yuksom after crossing the beautiful Legship bridge and witness the Teesta River on the way.

How long does it take to reach the Kanchenjunga base camp?

On the 8th day of the 11-day Kanchenjunga base camp trek, you will reach the highest point of the trek at 16,000 ft. You can do it on the 7th day as well but the 6th day is required to rest and freshen up the trekkers.

Why is the Kanchenjunga base camp trek so dangerous?

It is not dangerous, it is just difficult as it requires you to trek for 90 kilometers on a moderate to challenging trail. On some days, you will be gaining more than 1000 ft in a single day- leading to the risk of altitude sickness. So, you should carry your medicine kit and take precautions.

Would I get altitude sickness at such heights? If yes, how can I avoid them?

Regularly drinking water can stabilize the body. There are times when you will trek more than 1000 ft per day, you must avoid Elevation sickness by adequate sleep. Pre-training leads to a healthy foundation of good acclimatization and control of problems related to altitude.

Is it safe to trek to the Kanchenjunga Base camp?

Yes, Kanchenjunga base camp trekking is completely safe as the trek is smartly planned. You will even be resting on day 6 at Dzongri to re-energize yourself. Besides the plan, you will be provided with a reliable and knowledgeable trek guide.

What is the level of fitness expected from the participants for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

As the Kanchenjunga trek is a long journey covering 90 kilometers, you must be fit enough to walk such a distance. You can try to hold 15 kg weight and walk for 8-10 kilometers per day.

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