Kanchanjunga, with the elevation of 8,586m, is the third highest mountain in the world. Kanchanjunga trekking is considered as one of the finest trek in the world. This trek is a strong contender of “The most beautiful walk in the world.” This trekking trail goes around the areas surrounding Kanchanjunga, the second highest mountain in Nepal and third highest in the world. It was once considered to the highest mountian in the world.
The word ‘Kanchenjunga’ is derived from the Tibetan word which gives the meaning “Five Treasures of Snow”. The locals have worshipped this white giant from the time unknown and still have that respect in them. The five treasures are Gold, Silver, Precious stones, Grain and Holy Scriptures and all of these refer to five individual peaks of this Himal range.
Kanchanjunga lies on the far eastern side of Nepal near Sikkim. It was first climbed in 1955 A.D. but it was only in 1980s that this area was opened for trekking purpose. The route was only available to the mountaineers until then.This region is a restricted region and you will need a special permit to trek in this region. Solo hiking is not allowed and you will need to employ local guides to obtain permits.
Eastern region of Nepal is more prosperous in comparison to the western part. This is probably because of the favourable climate with higher rainfall and also due to the employment of Rai and Limbu in the Gorkha regiments. They bring more income, experience and ideas to the region. This trek will amaze with stunning forests, wild paths at lower altitudes , high mountain passes and trekking on glaciers in the immense space of sparsely inhabited regions. The region is mostly inhabited by Sherpa, Limbu and Rai communities. You will be able to enjoy their warm welcome and their hospitality.
Kanchenjunga trek is an unforgettable adventure into the heart of the Himalaya where the scale of both mountain and valley is difficult to comprehend. The peaks are visible in the distance for days, floating like ships on a distant sea. Trekking does not get any better than this. When Douglas Freshfield came here in 1899 he was awe-struck by the sheer scale of it all, which left an impression of “stupendous vastness”. All around, massive yet elegant peaks thrust up into the Himalayan blue, then suddenly the immense north wall of Kanchenjunga bursts into view, with a shelf of grass spilling down the slope towards its base. This is Pangpema (5140m), one of Nepal’s most treasured sites.