Kanchenjunga is one of the most widely acclaimed mountains in the Himalayan range and often closely follows the Everest in rankings. While it is located in a remote corner of the country (Nepal), due to its popularity, many hikers visit this peak every year. As a result, there are always expeditions leaving for the Kanchenjunga. We follow common and well-used trails that will lead us straight to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
We cross various terrains like farmland and uneven valley settings to reach our destination. There are two Base Camps at the Kanchenjunga and our aim will be to arrive at the South Side Base Camp. This Base Camp is widely known Ramze while the North Side Base Camp is known as Pangpema. Kanchenjunga was, at one point of time, famously thought to be the tallest peak in the world. But as of 1850, Everest was claimed as the tallest peak in the world followed by K2, and then Kanchenjunga.
The extraordinary aspect of the Kanchenjunga range is that while the main peak is not the tallest peak in the world, the range itself is home to the largest collection of peaks over 7000 m. Towering the neighboring peaks at 8586 m, the main peak stands beside four subsidiary summits – Yalung Klang (8505 m), Kanchenjunga Central (8482 m) and Kanchenjunga South (8494 m) and Kangbashen (7903 m).
Some of the other well-known peaks in the range include Jannu (7710 m), Jongsong (7483 m), Kabru (7353 m), Tent Peak (7365 m) and the Twins (7350 m). The countless other remarkable peaks in the range are simply overshadowed by the taller peaks but they definitely merit a mention.
A walk to the north side of Mt Kanchenjunga involves a steep rise to Mirgin La (4663 m) from where we are privy to spectacular views of the Himalayan range of peaks. Since the North Side Base Camp is located in Nepal, we have to circumambulate the range, skirting Mt Jannu to reach Pangpema (5,100m).
We pass through the quaint Tibetan village of Ghunsa, experiencing the typical mountain living. At Pangpema we are provided with a great vantage point from which we can see the Kanchenjunga in all its glory and icy blue splendor. This trek is one of the most popular and sought after among avid trekkers.
This 21-day long trek is a new trail and less touristic place which will add quite an adventure on you life.