Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek (KBC) is one of the most famous treks in Nepal. The word Kanchenjunga comes from a Tibetan word referring to “Five great treasures in the snow.” This symbolizes its five peaks as gold, silver, precious stones, grain, and Holy Scriptures. Mt. Kanchenjunga ( 8,585m.) is the world’s third highest peak making this trek route even more intriguing. Kanchenjunga is towards the far-eastern part of Nepal protected under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (2,035 km2). The conservation area hosts several species such as impedance pheasant, shy dragon, snow leopard, black bear, red panda, etc. If you are someone seeking peace in nature, this route will be perfect for you. Popular for its remoteness, the trek was once a forbidden region and only opened for trekkers in 1988. So there are lesser trekkers hiking in Kanchenjunga area and plenty of wildlife and natural heritages.
This route encompasses Himalayan coniferous forests, alpine shrub, meadows, and grasslands. It's a restricted trekking area, so you need a local guide and at least 2 trekkers to obtain necessary permits to trek through Kanchenjunga. Kanchenjunga Base camp (5,150 m) is a tea-house trek and less crowded and still remote where you can experience traditional Nepali cultures and life-style from Rai and Limbus to Tibetan Buddhist villages and foods.
Kanchenjunga Base camp Trek is a long and challenging walk around Mt. Kanchenjunga visiting both North and South Base Camp. It is a long trek going deep into the remote mountain ranges on Nepal’s border with Sikkim and Tibet. The route starts by approaching the north side of Kanchenjunga where you see views of Tent peak, Nepal peak, Cross peak and then at Base Camp Kanchenjunga itself becomes visible. After Pangpema the trek returns to Ghunsa and then crosses the Mirgin La pass (4,580m) over to the south side of Kanchenjunga. Once over this pass, we visit the yak pastures of Ramche and Oktang where there are impressive views of the southwest face of Kanchenjunga.