This site aims to provide enough information for trekkers to be able to decide to do the Kanchenjunga Tea-House Trek. Increased tourist numbers will bring more income directly to Ghunsa and other villages on the trails in the area, and provide more employment for guides, porters and farmers.
This site of information about the Kanchenjunga Trek was precipitated by Howard and Sue Dengate who travelled to the region most recently in December 2013. They say:
We found it hard to get reliable information on whether the north and south sides of Mt Kangchenjunga could be visited as a lodge trek. The answer is definitely yes, in season, and these track notes are offered as a guide for those interested.
Our reason for providing track notes is to increase the flow of money direct to locals, who tell us that “teahouse trekking is best”, a force for positive local development better than the tented expeditions which carry all their supplies from Kathmandu.
Since these notes were first published in January 2013, trekking numbers on the north side have increased by 200-300% and on the south side by 50%, which has already resulted in more rooms and improved lodges and a higher standard of living for locals.
They updated these notes in Updated January 2014.
The Himalayan Development Foundation Australia is putting effort into developing this site so that more people may decide to trek to Kanchenjunga which will then support their efforts to assist the community of Ghunsa.