6 Reasons to go for Kangchenjunga trek
Now, if you think you can handle the Kangchenjunga trek, let me tell you ‘why you SHOULD go for Kangchenjunga trek:
1. Less crowded:
Unlike main- stream trek routes, approximately, only 500 tourists (presumably the hardcore) visit Kangchenjunga Conservation Area every year. Lucky- if you are a hipster-hardcore! Better go for it before it becomes main- stream.
2. Spectacular wildlife/ vegetation:
With endangered Snow Leopards, Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, Grey Wolves, more than 200 species of birds, 30 species of rhododendrons and 2000 different flowering plants consider the place- home.
3. Rhododendron kingdom of Nepal:
Tinjure- Milke- Jaljale area/ ridge has maximum number of Rhododendron trees spread cross a huge area. It’s certainly, a sight to watch. For the hardcore with a soft side!
4. Village of Red Panda- Gyabla:
Supposed to be the residential area of these creatures in this region. If you are lucky, you can spot these shy cuties here.
You will have the views of eleven majestic mountains, higher than 7000 meters, including Kangchenjunga (3rd highest peak in the world- 8586 m) and Jannu (labeled as “Mystery Peak/ Peak of Terror”- summiting it would be pretty damn rad, don’t you think?)
You will get to be up close and personal with communities like Sherpas, Limbus and Rais who represent 85% of the population in this area.
I think I may have used the word ‘hardcore’ very ‘hardcorely’ (no such word exists and hardcore bloggers made their own hardcore word) but that was to make you guys understand how hardcore the trek would be like.
Even if you are not that hardcore, you can still do the trek. All you need to do is:
• Spend a bit more money
• Hire a guide
• Hire a porter to carry your stuff and don’t forget the sleeping bag.
• Rest for at least 2 days, preferably at:
– Ghunsa: Before the trip to Nango Paungsa
– Kambachen: While you are there, try the dishes and drinks available at Kangchenjunga Guesthouse
• Take it slow: Slow and steady wins the race
Hardcore or not, this is totally a worthy trek, which I would recommend everyone, only if you think you can do it.