Hello and Namaste ! This November I have guided my clients to Kanchenjunga Basecamp trek for more than 3 weeks. The trek is absolutely beautiful and also adventurous. The great views of Kanchenjunga, Jannuhimal(Kumbhakarna), Kabru mountains, Rathok and many peaks are breathtaking .
The diverse landscapes and massive forests give you an amazing experience in the high route Himalaya. The trail along the Tamor River and Gunsa River are magnificent. And the famous Pathivara Devi Temple lies in this trek.
In this region; traditionally made ancient houses, social structure and equal economic level helps to tie the society intact. Rai, Limbu, Gurung, Tamang and Brahmin culture are still intact and unique. Both Buddhists and Hindus are religiously united. People are friendly, and they grow rice, millet, potatoes and now the cardamoms plantation. Sheep, Goats, cows, Yaks, Buffalo and ox are the domestic cattle and produce the ghee, Chhurpee, Chees, wool and meats.
The trekking trail is damaged after the monsoon and now the villagers are somehow maintained. Many suspension and wood made bridge are gone and temporarily they set a new one. The track is changed. And some teashop and house are in danger from the flooding. Between Chhiruwa to Gunsa and up to Khanpachen village the trail is changed, landslide and temporary bridges are. Due to Landslides, the way to Khabachen to Lhonak is rock falling. There you should be aware while walking. Often stones are falling. Some place I have seen people are working and rebuilding.
Up to 8-10 people you can sleep in homestay or in Lodge. But for Camping the trek is just perfect.
There I have seen some lack of work in Kanchenjunga conservation Area
1. I have seen the Kanchenjunga council and WWF who has been working for this reason, should give more action and priority to maintain the trekking paths where damaged.
2. South part of Kanchenjunga region there are no notice boards about the trail, village, campsites, walking hours and landslides area - Requested to manage the notices board.
3. Conservation offices in Gunsa and Amphudin are often closed. At Gunsa the permits are should bring the house where the man lived Or should left at hotel where you sleep. Please kindly request to your clerks what the office use for?
4. The prices for meals are depending on owners’ mouth. Somewhere prices are minimum and somewhere so expensive. There must be community and they can make the reasonable prices or develop the menu.
5. Foods are good but bedrooms, bed cover and kitchen gears are less clean.
6. There are no tourist management committee or even if not working. Better form committee.
7. The people from this reason must dedicate tourism business to ensure their economy supports.
8. Increase more homestay or Lodge and capacity of bedrooms and kitchen and dining rooms.
9. Established a lodge in Lasyabhanjyang somewhere, it is difficult place to find eating place, together beware of destroying the forests.
10. At Pangpema there is a teashop but it is not regular open.
Permits: Restricted Kanchenjunga permits you can obtained through the trekking agency and it costs per week $10.
TIMS: it is not mandatory
Trekking duration: 21-26 days for North and south Base camps.
Flights access: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur or Suketar/ KTM
Suketar flights are conditional and flights will be 2/3 times in a week.
Road access: Taplejung (Jeep/Bus are frequent available)
Well, these are my experience and I hope this information help you.
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