The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a remote and challenging trekking destination in Nepal that takes hikers to the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. The trek typically takes 18-22 days to complete, depending on the pace of the group and the itinerary. The trek starts and ends in the town of Taplejung, and the route passes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
The trek takes hikers through a diverse range of landscapes, including subtropical forests, high-altitude deserts, and glacial valleys. Along the way, hikers will have the opportunity to experience the local culture and way of life of the Limbu and Rai people. The trek passes through many small villages and stops at local teahouses for accommodation and meals.
As the trek progresses, the altitude increases, making it challenging due to lack of oxygen and the rugged terrain. The final destination is the base camp, which is located at an altitude of 5,143 meters and offers panoramic views of Kanchenjunga, Kanchanjunga South, and Kanchenjunga Central peaks. The trek is considered as one of the most challenging and remote treks in Nepal, and it is suitable for experienced hikers and mountaineers.
It is important to have a proper physical and acclimatization preparation before the trek, also hiring a guide or a porter and checking the weather conditions are highly recommended to make the trek safe and enjoyable. Additionally, permits are required to enter the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and can be obtained in Kathmandu or Taplejung.