The snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas are as intimidating as they are beautiful. This is certainly true of Kachenjunga – the third highest mountain in the world. Known affectionately as the Queen of the Mountains, Kachenjunga offers trekkers a chance to explore the icy slopes of the Himalayas without the difficulties presented by more famous mountains in the mountain range.
Before it is assumed that trekking Kachenjunga requires little effort, it must be stressed that anyone attempting to trek in the Himalayas should be fit and healthy. Previous mountaineering experience is even preferable as trekkers may need to engage in rope climbing or other difficult activities along the way. However trekking Kachenjunga is somewhat easier than the trek up other giants and the trail followed has been specially chosen to make this journey as accommodating as possible. Sherpas and porters will carry the equipment and provide you with sound guidance and nourishing meals, leaving you to deal with the strain on your legs and any difficulties you may have in acclimatizing yourself to the steadily increasing altitude. You will need a great deal of stamina to complete the trek and, knowing that the journey is long and difficult and that it ends with a few days of steep descent, trekkers should prepare themselves ahead of their trek by doing appropriate exercises to strengthen their knees and legs.
But don’t let that put you off. Kachenjunga is one of Nepal’s natural treasures. Situated on Nepal’s eastern border, the mountain is truly a jewel in the country’s crown. Trekkers pass through a wonderful variety of ecological zones during their journey, from dense rhododendron thickets to sparse icy tundras. They will stop at remote villages and witness some of the most spectacular views in the world. During their careful ascent to 8586 meters above sea level, they may spot musk deer, blue sheep or other animals. The average day of trekking lasts five and a half to six and a half hours and may be leisurely or strenuous depending on what Mother Nature has chosen to present trekkers with. If you want to trek Kachenjunga you will not be disappointed. The best months to attempt this trek are March-June, September, October and early November. Preparation and planning is the key to a more enjoyable trek.