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Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek - 18 Days

The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek (4,260m), explore the Yalung Glacier and the south side of Kanchenjunga; the third highest mountain in the world. The rewards for this effort are enormous- the trail passes by remote and very beautiful Limbu villages that see few outsiders, through ancient forests festooned in dangling Spanish mosses, before finally climbing to the foot of Kanchanjunga, for the kind of views normally reserved for mountaineers. This trek requires a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience to ensure enjoyment of this challenging, yet beautiful trek in this remote eastern corner of Nepal.

The Trek to the Kanchanjunga South Base Camp normally starts from the airstrip at Suketar (Taplejung), reached via a one-hour flight from Biratnagar. At the time of research, though, the airport use to be close Time and again. Therefore most people were travelling by jeep from Illam to Taplejung and either starting their trek there (a very steep two-hour climb up endless steps to Suketar) or getting a ride in one of the frequent jeeps from Taplejung to Suketar. Alpine Trav Treks and Expeditions is always ready to manage your treks as per your interests and requirements.


All Trekking offers and plans given in the itinerary are for all interested visitors who prefer full package. We offer the itinerary of the destinations as per your choice. You are always free to choose any itinerary and the staff depending on your financial condition. As per your interest and requirement, we have options for any partial visit too.

(The Trip cost varies depending on the group size, total number of days and services you require. If you are interested, please feel free to contact Us.)

Group Discount: Available

Day 1
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to hotel by our representative.

After we land at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be greeted by our Nepali representatives who will also explain us about our trek.

Day 2
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Full day sightseeing in the famous places of Kathmandu including Bodhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square etc. Most of these places are listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. We will do arrangement of an experience tour guide and private vehicle for the tour.

Day 3
Day 03: Suketar to Tembewa (1880m) 3-4 hours, overnight at camp.

Suketar is a cold and wind-exposed gathering of stone house spread along a small ridge. The first stage of the jorney partly follows the unfinished dirt road work was taking place on this during research, so it will probably be surfaced by the time you get there along a rhododendron-covered ridge known as surke Danda (2580m). At the highest point of the ridge, a side trail branches north towards the revered Hindu Pathibhara Devi Temple. The trail on to Kanchajunga winds down through forests filled with huge tropical trees, often crossing and re-crossing the dirt road, to a collection of basic village of Tembewa, overnight at Camp.

Day 4
Day 04: Tembewa to Khesewa (1960m) 4-5 hours, overnight at camp.

The trail drops steeply down stone steps through fields of millet and rice to a suspension bridge across the phawa khola at 1430m. Climb steeply up the east said of the valley to the Limbu village of Kunjari (1700m). This small village settlement has several tea houses and you will catch your first views of the snowy caps of kanchanjung, kyabru (7,412m), Khumbakarna (7,710m), to the west of the main ridge to scattered village of Khesewa, overnight at camp.

Day 5
Day 05: khesewa to Mamanke (1780m), 5-6v hours,overnight at camp.

It’s an easy descent past series of small waterfalls and streams to a crude bridge over the Nadewa Khola, Just beyond is phundruwa, where you may be able to find some lunch, there’s a small Hindu temple here as well as stunning views of Mt. Jannu. The path climbs through forests past a large waterfall, and then descends across a series of gullies to a ridge at 1850m. Continue to descend past rice terraces to a sinuous suspension bridge over the Khesewa Khola at 1540m. The last stage of the day is a tiring 45 minute climb past the dotted house of pauwa to Mamanke, overnight at Camp.

Day 6
Day 06: Mamanke to Yamphudin (1690m), 2-3 hours, overnight at camp.

This is a short day; heading north along the kabeli khola. Start by Climbing the ridge, then drop gradually down to a gushing stream, crossing on a fragile-looking wooden bridge that’s replacing a sturdier (though not sturdy enough) suspension bridge that collapsed during a landslid. Follow switchbacks up the far side of the valley, and then descend beneath rocky cliffs on the rubble of past landslides. Drop down to the kabeli khola and follow the west bank upstream through pretty forest to Yamphudin, overnight ta camp.

Day 7
Day 07: Yamphudin to Amji Khola (2,340m), 4-5 hours, overnight at camp.

The Path Zigzags up through fields of corn and barley to a handful of house at Darachuk, Just above the first house and a short way before the hamlet itself, the trail splits. The most obvius path veers sharply right and climbs very steeply uphill. Take this path and climb through meadows to a pass at Dhupi Ghanjyang (2540m. That’s the hard work over the final stage of the day is a gradual descent through ferns and gorgeous rhododendron forests to the river. Cross a new suspension bridge and after five minutes you reach the small terraced clearing of Amji Khola, overnight at camp.

Day 8
Day 08: Amji Khola to Torontan (2,990m), 6-7 hours, overnight at camp.

Its real fantasy forest and it would be hard for even the most scientifically minded not to think of goblins racing up and down the path under the moonlight. At the pass there;s a cold, soggy area for camping. On a clear day the ridge provides grandstand views of Jannu, sticking out like rocky thumbs up on the skyline. The trail finally emerges into the open above the churning sumbua khola; follow it upstream to a bouncy suspension bridge, turn right after the bridge amd head gently uphill to Torontan, overnight at Camp.

Day 9
Day 09: Torontan to Tseram (3,870m), 4-5 hours, overnight at camp.

The trek start in forests of mixed rhododendrons climbs over the scars of old Landslides to an isolated goth hut at Tsento Kang (3,360m). Continue through an atmospheric forest dripping with Spanish moss, with glimpses of the snow peaks between the trees. After passing in a flat clearing at Watha (3,370m), continue for an hour to a cave shrine decorated with rock cairns, prayer flags and three pronged iron trisuls, the trident weapon of shiva. Inside is a streak of dark stone which resembles a snake, revered by Hindus and Buddhist. The crossing over a series of ridges that peaks at (4,663m), before dropping down to Ghunsa, The snow Peaks become more imposing as you follow a gravel streambed towards Tseram, overnight at camp.

Day 10
Day 10: Tseram to ramche 4,620m), 4 hours, overnight at camp.

The trail climbs to the treeline, passing the junction with another small trail to the Mirgin La. Above a main wall at (4,040m), alpin meadows slop up the valley towards the peaks of Rathong (6,678m), kabru Dome (6,700m) and kabru lv (7,318m). You are now in serious mountain country and there is little shelter from the icy wind that blows off the Glacier. The trail climbs alongside the terminal moraine of the Yalung Glacier to a yak pasture at Yalung Bara (4,260m). Below the pass; for south base camp, continue along the north side of the valley to a small, often-frozen Lake at Lapsang 94,430m), Just beyond Lapsang, a smaller trail turns west along a side valley towards the Lapsang La 95,160m), the high pass leading to Ghunsa, climbing to another Lake and a meadow in a broad, flat valley at Ramche, overnight at Camp.

Day 11
Day 11: Day Trip to Oktang and the Yalung Glacier; Return to Tseram 6-7 hours,overnight at camp.

Day 12
Day 12: Tseram to Lamite Bhanjyang, 6-7 hours, overnight at camp.

Day 13
Day 13: Lamite Bhanjyang to Yamphudin, 5-6 hours, overnight at camp.

Day 14
Day 14: Yamphudin to Phumphe, 5-6 hours, overnight at camp.

Day 15
Day 15: Phumphe to Kunjari, 6-7 hours, overnight at camp.

Day 16
Day 16: Kanjari to Suketar, 7-8 hours, overnight at lodge.

Day 17
Day 17: Suketar to Biratnagar to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel.

Day 18
Day 18: Transfer to airport, departure to your own destination.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle as per group size.
  • 3 night's hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Domestic airfer (Kathmandu - Suketar - Kathmandu).
  • All your standard Meals and best available guest house and accommodation during the trek.
  • An Experienced English – speaking trekking guide and 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide.
  • Porters to carry luggage for 2 trekkers: 1 porter including their salary, insurance, food and lodging.
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit and Restricted Area Permit.
  • Down Jacket, duffel-kit bag and sleeping bag by AlpineTrav Treks. Are to be returned after trip completion.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Farewell dinner second last day of departure.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals at Kathmandu.
  • Your international airfare.
  • Nepal visa
  • Personal expenses.
  • Landry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters.
  • Your Travel Insurance.
  • Rescue & Evacuation.
  • Tips for tour and trekking staffs.

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Recommended Gear Lists:

Packing essential gear before trekking is a must in any situation. These gears can protect you from the harsh conditions you may face during the trek.
Woolen caps, hats
Hiking boots
Trekking socks
Trekking trousers
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Fleece jackets
Down jackets
Cotton T-shirts
Lightweight gloves
Woolen caps, hats
Sleeping bag
First-aid kit
Toilet papers
Body lotions
Sanitary napkins, tampons
Cotton towel
Hand sanitizer

(The Trip cost varies depending on the group size, total number of days and services you require. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.)

Group Discount: Available

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Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek
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Trip Facts

  • 18 Days
  • Camping
  • Spring & Autumn
  • 4260 Meter
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 4 people
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