When is the best time for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek begins from Bhadrapur, meanders through the mid-hill scenery and reaches the highest point at Pangpema at 5,160m. It is hard to find the balance in terms of view, temperature and micro climate along the trail.

Sele Le Pass along the KBC trail is non-trekable during the winter from mid-December to early March. The numbers of landslides between Ghunsa and Pangpema makes it unfavorable for trekking during monsoon as the rain makes it worse.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is possible to conduct throughout the year however spring and autumn are the favorable and most loved season for trekking in Kanchenjunga.

Winter (Late December to Early March)

Winter is very cold in Kanchenjunga region. Teahouses in alpine region remains closed due to heavy snowfall. Sela Le Pass becomes impassable due to snow and slippery ice. You must check the availability of accommodation in Lhonak and Khambachen, the check in is available at Ghunsa. While in Yamphuding, check accommodation will be available in Cheram and Ramche.

Level of Difficulty

Heavy snowfall makes KBC trail slippery and unfavorable for trekking. Before embarking for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, you need winter shoes, crampons and gaiters to tackle the fresh snow.

You must carry warm and proper clothes from thermal footwear to body wear to headwear. You will hardly encounter trekkers along the KBC trekking trail during these months. Most teahouses are closed and you can request them to open for you. This is the best time for those trekkers seeking for unusual and unique trekking experience and probably for those who are used to with weeklong.

Spring (March to Late May)

March to Late May is the best season for Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking in Nepal. The weather during these months are good and so are the views. The spectacular blooming rhododendron flower along the KBC trail makes the trek more romantic and enjoyable. Skies are usually clear with stunning views around.

Level of Difficulty

There are no snow-falls or rains in Kanchenjunga region making the trail route favorable for trekking. Anyone with certain level of fitness can join in KBC trek and make it the most pleasant experience of lifetime.

Monsoon (June to Mid-September)

Apart from the possible risk of landslides, there will be lots of leeches that are annoying and dangerous. The grooving clouds over the Mountain head obscures the view. But, everything will be washed away and becomes sparkling.

Level of Difficulty

Hiking along the rain and slippery trail route is difficult and to some extent dangerous. Exiting landslide makes the trek arduous and new landslide can develop anytime. The trail route to Khambachen and Ghunsa and Torongding and Yamphuding is need to be updated frequently. Make the local enquiries and be prepared for these landslide hotspots.

Autumn (Late September to Mid-December)

Autumn is another peak and best season for trekking in Kanchenjunga region. The landscapes during these months are adorned at its best. At post monsoon seasons, the landscapes will be washed clean by monsoon rain and there is extra freshness in the air.

Level of Difficulty

As this is the best time of the year to visit Kanchenjunga region, anyone with good fitness level and strong determination can enjoy Kanchenjunga trek.