Kanchenjunga Trekking Difficulties

Kanchenjunga Trekking, the journey for the astounding sight of Diamond Jubilee Mt. Kanchenjunga and the Massif, is one Trending Trekking in Nepal attracting lots of professionals as well as beginners to explore and experience the Eastern Himalayas and its hidden treasures.

Kanchenjunga Trekking is simply one long trekking in Nepal that has enough toughness and challenges to be surpassed. Remember that Kanchenjunga trekking is the challenging and strenuous trekking i.e. Kanchenjunga trekking has a high difficulty level. But no need to panic! It is not that tough you can’t complete. Although Kanchenjunga trek is difficult and strenuous, anyone with basic fitness and proper preparation can do this incredible journey.

Lots of Trekkers are facing challenges while trekking in the Kanchenjunga region because they understand that behind that toughness, hardness and difficulties, Kanchenjunga trekking rewards one precious and a lifetime experience. They prepare for some while before attempting the trek and become ready to face such obstacles. Some of the major challenges and the difficulties of Kanchenjunga trekking are described below with some tips to prepare for them. They are as follows:

Long Distance to Cover: Kanchenjunga trek is one long Journey

Many trekking agencies in Nepal have experienced lots of inquirers questioning either where Mt. Kanchenjunga Trekking is located or How far it is from Kathmandu because they don’t know much more about Kanchenjunga trekking but they understand the value and uniqueness of this trekking.

Kanchenjunga Massif is the eastern Himalayan located in the far eastern Nepal. It is the Borderline for Nepal, Sikkim (India), and Tibet. Taplejung is the beginning point of Kanchenjunga Trekking which is 676km far from Kathmandu; East-west highway and Mechi Highway. And Mt. Kanchenjunga is around 200km far from Taplejung. Means, trekkers have to cover long distances and walk continuously long. Roughly trekkers have to walk around 8-10 km daily. It is simple if such distance is just easy to walk, but the coincident is that lots of ascends and descends, slippery and rocky trails, steeps, muddy path due melting snow, rocky rugged track, lots of off-the-beaten stuff make this walk one tough of tiring.

How to prepare for a long walk for Kanchenjunga Trekking?

Walking for a long requires enough stamina and energy. You have to enough fit to walk along. So you must have to do exercise enough to be fit for a long hike at least a month before the trekking. Some tips to being prepared for walking long distance are as follows:

  • Do some exercises like jogging, running, skipping, and other fitness activities
  • Eat enough energetic healthy foods to grow up powers and stamina to walk along
  • Making some short hikes and easy treks before the Kanchenjunga trekking is much better to become ready for long trekking
  • Keep proper trekking stick/ poles which much support while walking along; remember to keep a light but strong one
  • Rope climbing, rock climbing and making walks in stairs several times a few weeks before the trekking helps you to cross the hills and ridge with hard ascends and descends easily
  • Take enough breakfast and lunch and drink water enough so that you get less tired and less hungry while walking
  • Long trekking requires lots of packing so hire adequate numbers of strong porter or ask your agent to arrange porter as required for you group
  • Don’t in hurry to walk; don’t walk too fast- do it gradually short rests on a trail, etc.

Elevation and the Altitude

The common challenge of trekking in Nepal, especially while making Himalayan Trekking, is the high altitude and the elevation level which makes lots of risk and creates uncertainty in completion of the journey. High altitude means low air pressure and low oxygen level. Trekking in high altitude has always big problems of getting the Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness. AMS has ruined lots of trips of trekker who come to Nepal with the hope of achieving their long waited dreams.

The maximum elevation of Kanchenjunga Circuit, North Base Camp and South Base Camp trek are 5,143m, 5,143m and 4,610m respectively. Approaching or reaching such high altitudes has a high risk of getting AMS. Some best tips to avoid such risk are as follows:

  • Climb Slowly or Ascend Gradually
  • Take adequate Acclimatization day to adapt to the high altitude environment
  • Eat enough Carbs and High Calories Foods
  • Avoid Alcohol and Smoking
  • Drink Water Enough and Eat More Fluids
  • Take it easy and don’t Hurry or not be so panic
  • You may take Medicines of AMS

For more information about the Altitude sickness prevention tips, please check out this blog: High Altitude Sickness Prevention Tips

Unpredictable Weather and Climate

The Himalayas are the mysterious that always come over and out of predication. Predicting the weather and the climate in the Himalayas are so hard. The unpredictable weather and uncertain climates are one of the most challenging things while making Kanchenjunga trekking. Sudden snowfalls, chilling winds, thick fogs and clouds, extreme cold and more down temperature at the night, and many other things make Kanchenjunga trekking a little more tough and hard.

As there is no adequate equipment to measures the accurate climates and forecast the weather, trekkers must have to be careful to avoid any incidents. Although we can’t avoid bad weather or makes changes in climates, we can at least avoid the harms and damages of such bad things. Here are some tips to be safe from such uncertainties:

  • Always walk in a group and don’t be separated from the crew or not make a walk alone while you are in a mountainous region
  • Check the weather forecast every day and don’t make any long journey if the weather is forecasted to be worst
  • Either keep a raincoat or at least wear waterproof shoes, gloves, hats, and outers to make your body warmer
  • Carry enough warm clothes and bring some energy bars and packed foods so that it is useful if anything happens and you need to stay somewhere on the trail or where foods are not available
  • Keep a proper, and latest updated maps either waterproof or laminated ( ask your trekking agent if it is included in the cost)
  • Sleep in a dry place and remember to bring warmer one sleeping bag because there may not be adequate rooms and beds in a remote area
  • Listen carefully the instructions and follow the tips given by the group leader or Guide(s)
  • Keep necessary trekki9ng equipments and gears for easier trekking, etc.

Isolated and Remote area

Alongside the long-distance, remoteness and isolated area of the Kanchenjunga region is another big difficulty of trekking in this abandoned area. There are no villages or houses in far long-distance, thin settlements, and less crowded or no encounter/ meeting any peoples during the trek in the upper remote area makes Kanchenjunga trekking one hard trek. Along with that, less facilitated lodges or teahouse is another big problem of isolated Kanchenjunga trekking. Here are some tips to be safe in such areas:

  • Always walk in group and never leave the team
  • If it is hard to follow the pace of the group them tell your guide and at least take one porter who know the route properly along with you
  • Bring maps with you
  • Ask your guide about the area you are trekking to get knowledge and helpful if you confuse over the route
  • Bring Itinerary and make sure where you are traveling and where will you travel in the next days or where your team is staying for night, etc.

Limited Guesthouses and Teahouses with Basic Facilities

Trekking in the Himalayas requires accommodation in teahouses or guest houses. In the Kanchenjunga trekking route, especially in the upper part, has no numerous hotels and lodges, there have limited teahouses and lodges who provide just basic facilities, fix meal plans. The room is with basic facilities; twin sharing (two beds), medium-size mattresses, one pillow and one warm blanket per bed, and common eastern toilets, etc. during the peak season, those limited teahouses will be fully occupied and got room after reaching there is almost impossible. One more thing is that you have to adjust your eating behavior as the availability of the menus. You can follow the following tips to reduce the risk of uncertainty of rooms and accommodation:

  • Ask the trekking agency to provide the detailed day by day itinerary
  • Tell them to reserve the room as possible as to do
  • Bring a sleeping bag along with you so that you find warmer night (ask your agent if it is included in the cost)
  • Before trekking, do little homework and get complete knowledge about foods and meals during trekking in Nepal, etc.  

Concluding everything, Kanchenjunga trekking is one difficult and hard trekking which has lots of challenges and risk. Despite such challenges and difficulties, Kanchenjunga adores lots of trekkers to make the appearance in this region. The unspoiled environments, still not revealed beauties, unique experience of trekking, cultural and natural diversity, and many others are the Highlights of Kanchenjunga Trekking and attracts the trekkers to make this Journey. Behind the difficulties of Kanchenjunga Trekking is much more rewarding. Although those challenges are very high, you can still face those challenges with the tip and intelligent ideas. It is much easier to face those difficulties with the guidance of the professional and experienced and assistance of the strong and kind porter.

Read the following related blogs to know more about Kanchenjunga Trekking:

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Trekking

Best Time for Kanchenjunga Trekking

High Altitude Sickness Prevention Tips


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