Step back in time to days of early mountaineering expeditions in the remote and rugged Eastern Nepali regions of Kanchenjunga and Makalu. Both these regions have derived their name from the dominating high mountains Makalu 8,475m and Kanchenjunga 8,598m, the third highest in the world.
Kanchanjunga was only opened to trekkers in 1998, but has long been accessed by mountaineers attempting the summit of the world's third highest peak. The lowlands are home to the friendly Rai and Limbu people of Hindue culture, transitioning to the Sherpa and Buote people of Tibetan heritage in the alpine areas. A difficult trekking region with steep terrain dipping and climbing through the terraced fields, grass roofed houses. Accommodation is basic but homely with the need to carry some additional essential items.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp 21-28 days (Hard)
Previously only available as a fully equipped camping trek, it is now possible to reach both the north and the south base camps lodging in basic tea houses for small groups. Reaching a height of 5140m at the northern basecamp, no other trek offers such an upclose and personal encounter with a peak over 8000m.
Makalu Base Camp 25 days (Hard)
One of the most remote and unfrequented treks of Nepal, this challenging route crosses multiple high passes. For their hard work, trekkers are rewarded with superb views of the south face of Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga. Available only as a camping trek, this remote wilderness area is home to some of the last remaining pockets of pristine forest and alpine meadows in Nepal.