Only two mountains in the world are taller than Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters/28,169 feet). The foothills beneath this mass of rock and ice consuming the border between Nepal and Sikkim in India creates some of the best trekking you’ll ever experience. Like most trails in far-eastern Nepal, it’s possible to walk for several days without seeing another trekker. Find yourself in pure bliss as you peacefully roam these high mountains and glaciers, hearing nothing but the wind and the snow crunching beneath your feet.
The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area lies in the easternmost part of Nepal. The conservation area is unique in that it spans three countries (India, Nepal, and the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Wandering through the remote valleys and refreshing forests of the region, you might run into one of the 250 unique bird and other animal species. With thousands and thousands of meters in altitude changes, the trail environments are constantly changing. One day you are weaving around the contours of terraced hillsides, and the next you find yourself in a pasture of alpine wildflowers, staring at the world’s tallest mountains.
For most trekkers, the highlight of Kanchenjunga region trekking is the superb mountain vistas. For example, at Pang Pema (5140 meters), you have mesmerizing views of over 16 Himalayan peaks, including Everest (8848 meters), Makalu (8481 meters), Jannu (7710 meters), Kabru (7412 meters), and TharpuChuli (Tent Peak) (5663 meters), and more.
Along the trail, trekkers meet a multitude of ethnic groups in the area, including Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, and Tamang. Each group is different from the next, and in learning about each group, you will realize the charm of trekking in the Himalaya. How many countries have trails that promise smiling faces and a warm dinner at the end of the day?
The packages we have listed are camping treks. There are teahouses for the majority of the trail (during high season), so we can arrange for that as well. Trails are accessible via car/bus;however flights can be arranged for an additional cost. The TIMS Permit is not necessary for trekking here, though you will need to purchase a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit for 2000 rupees (roughly $20 USD). Let us know if you have any questions about the logistics of Kanchenjunga treks.