Nepal’s Kanchenjunga region offers incredible trekking, and now in addition to the traditional full camping trek style, it’s possible to teahouse trek the region as well. Here is all you need to know!
The trek around Kangchenjunga can be done entirely as a basic lodge/tea-house trek in September-October-November and in March-April-May.
Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world at 8586m/28,169ft and is on the border between Nepal and Sikkim (India). We only cover trekking in Nepal on this site.
The usual trekking destinations are the viewpoints near the climbing base camps on the south and/or north sides of this massive mountain.
The area is rich in wildlife with iconic species such as the snow leopard, Tibetan wolf and red panda at large on the high mountain slopes, pine forests and bamboo jungle. Go in the spring and enjoy the visual feast of over 40 species of rhododendron in bloom, including Nepal’s national flower, the scarlet Lali Gurans.
You’ll find the villages along the trails equally vibrant and varied from the Limbu peoples of the lower valleys to the Gurung, Rai and Sherpas of the higher hills. If you’re lucky you may be welcomed in to dance and sing on one of the many festivals, or to try the warm mildly alcoholic tongba from the a dark wooden, brass ringed pots. Or try a cardamon tea made from the pods of the many plants growing throughout the lower jungles.
With very few other trekkers and climbers on the trails you’re assured a very special experience in these beautiful, wild borderlands.
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