Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek Highlights

Grade Duration Trek Style Best Time Group
4 18 Days Tea House Trek Mar – Jun / Oct – Nov SGL / GRP / FM / STU

SGL = Single, GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek, an easier way to experience of standing beside world’s third highest peak than north base camp. Kanchanjunga is geographically located in the eastern part of Nepal-Sikkim (India) border. Trekking at eastern part of Nepal is fully camping based with 3square meals per day cooked by our trained Cook (Sherpa). Your trek starts from Phidim.

Your Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek starts from a flight to Biratnagar followed by 4 hours drive to Phidim. You follow the glacial rivers, Tamur and Ghunsa to their origin on the northwest side of Kanchenjunga. From here we enter the diversely untamed world. The eye feasting views of the peaks such as; Pyramid Peak, Jannu, the twins and the mighty Kanchanjunga (8585m) rises in front. Further, the route offers dramatically enchanting views as you traverse the southern side of the mountain via Mirgin La Pass (4663m). In the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek route you encounter cultural experience in the remote villages of ethnical tribes; Rai, Limbu and Sherpas. Kanchanjunga National Park which is the home to elusive snow Leopard is a paradise for wildlife lovers.

Short Itinerary

Day Activity Destination Altitude Time
1 Fly Kathmandu – Biratnagar 84m 8 hrs
Drive Phidim 1179m 4 hrs
2 Trek Lali Kharka 2220m 4 hrs
3 Trek Keswa 2100m 6 hrs
4 Trek Mamanke 2000m 6 hrs
5 Trek Yamphudin 2080m 7 hrs
6 Trek Lamite Jungle Camp 2920m 7 hrs
7 Trek Torontan 2995m 5 hrs
8 Trek Tseram 3750m 5 hrs
9 Trek Ramche 4360m 6 hrs
10 Explore Ramche
11 Trek Mirgin la 4583m 6 hrs
12 Trek Gunsa 3475m 6 hrs
13 Trek Kyapra 2300m 6 hrs
14 Trek Sakathum 1600m 7 hrs
15 Trek Chirwa 1180m 6 hrs
16 Trek Phurumba 1850m 6 hrs
17 Trek Taplejung
Drive Phidim 1179m 5 hrs
18 Drive Biratnagar
Fly Kathmandu 1300m 3/4 hr

Trip Information

Trekking part:

All domestic transport as listed in itinerary by private coach and some part could be local transfer

Domestic flights and departure taxes as per itinerary

All meals whilst trekking (basic food)

Tea House accommodation (basic)

All National Park entrance fees

Applicable trekking permits and fees

English speaking trekking guide

Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear and group equipment

15kg per person luggage allowance while on trek

Duffle Bag for your gear

Comprehensive medical kit

The Cost Does Not Include:

Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.

Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head

Cost for Insurance.

Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Payment for service provided on a personal request.

Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.

Price:

  • The given price is in US dollars.

Visa Information:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance:

Guide / Porters : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Day 1

KATHMANDU – BIRATNAGAR – PHIDIM (1179 m, 4 hrs)

Our representative will pick your from hotel and start our spectacular Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek with a flight to Biratnagar. Then we drive for 3-4 hours to the starting point of our trek, Phidim.
Day 2

PHIDIM – LALI KHARKA (2220m, 4 hrs)

We start our trek heading towards Lali Kharka passing by rich pastures and pristine settlements. The walk over several descendins of 3-4 hours is just an introduction of the beautiful places and wild natures we will be enjoying the next three weeks.
Day 3

LALI KHARKA – KESWA (2100m, 6 hrs)

Today we head via the steep route of Pokhara village. The facinatinog terraced farmland unfolds as we a suspension bridge above the Phewa Khola. Ahead we halt at kunjari for lunch and continue our Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek through a dense forest and some small villages on the hill. Soon, we arrive at Tambawa and then Bhanjyang after skirting along a gently sloping mountain path. Here, Mesmerizing Kanchenjunga appears glowing against the sun and several teashops all around. After the trek for 5-6 hours we reach at Keswa to conclude the trip for the day.
Day 4

KESWA – MAMANKE (2000m, 6 hrs)

The adventurous route continues to Nandeva Khola after passing the terraced fields of Keswa. Further we cross the river and trudge along a glacier of mountain pass to the dense forest and the village of Loppoding. We now reach a pleasant shady area after a strenuous trekking where we can rest for a while. Our trek then continues along a sinuous trail leading to the bank of Kabeli Khola and terraced fields to reach the village of Anpan. The ascending trail continues till Ponpe Dhara where we can have a short rest in the shady spots available here. We again have a rest area after proceeding via several hamlets and terraced fields which are stretched along the crest of the ridge. We can hold our Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek for a while and bask in fascinating sight of Mt. jannu. As we start descending, path turns out to be winding and cross the suspension bridge after we pass through a village of Anpan and terraced fields along with Khangwa Khola. Finally, we reach Mamankhe village after a short descending trek on the undulating mountain pass from suspension bridge.
Day 5

MAMANKE – YAMPHUDIN (2080 m, 7 hrs)

Yamphudin is the fascinating place tucked below the ridge of the Deorali Danda. It is the most remote settlement of the area also the last habitation until we reach Gunsa. The trail to Yamphudin climbs up contouring the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. After an easy climb, we cross the ridges and streams bed which make up the valley sides and comes to level with the river few hours before we arrive at Yampudin. On the way, we can bathe and enjoy on the clear the pools among the many pools. The beautiful river and its bank is the delighting spot to have lunch along a short rest before we head towards Yamphundin.
Day 6

YAMPHUDIN – LAMITE JUNGLE CAMP (2920m, 7 hrs)

Further we have steep ascending trail which drops again crossing the Omje khola. We then stop for lunch in a meadow after passing through a beautiful dense forest. This spur exhibits fine views of the valley beyond Yamphudin to the south and of the Omje Khola Valley and Deurali Danda to the north. The trail descends steeply to the river bringing us to our campsite in a clearing Lamite forest.
Day 7

LAMLITE JUNGLE CAMP – TORONTAN (2995m, 5 hrs)

Leaving our camp we head towards the crest of the Deurali Danda. After a steep ascending for 3 hours Mt. Jannu is clearly visible from the top. Further we descend through quite steep trail exposed to screed slopes and enter the forest. After lunch, we trail down a steep route to arrive at Torontan, passing through the valley of Simbua Khola and crossing interesting wooden bridge. This campsite lies amongst the towering fir trees, now a mainly coniferous alpine forest.
Day 8

TORONTAN – TSERAM (3750m, 5 hrs)

The fairly steep trail from Torontan is follows right bank of the river and passes through rhododendron and pine forest. As we progress during the day we get a glimpses of the snow capped giants ahead and massive snout of Yalung Glacier, as the tree becomes sparser and more stunted. We realize that Tseram is almost there as we see towering heights of kabru and Rathong peeping through a moraine. The temperature of Tseram plummets as the night falls and here we camp for the night.
Day 9

TSERAM – RAMCHE (4360m, 6 hrs)

The magnificent scenery after we pass the snout of Talung Glacier, a frozen lake, crystal clear streams and vies of Kokthan, Rathong, and Kabru are the major highlights of the trek to Ramche. We have a relatively short days walk ascending towards the series of ablation valleys. Ramche is our next camp situated on a broad and blat ablation zone.
Day 10

RAMCHE –EXPLORATION

We leave our camp for experiencing mystic at three summits of Kanchenjunga. We pack our lunch and set off early in the morning to encounter with Kanchenjunga. As we move along the valley around its sweeping curve we come across a ridge in the form cirque. The ridge if formed by a vast southern wall of the mountain over 15 kms long and at least 7500m high. Along the ridge lie the three main summits jutting out into the sky offering a grand sight. These summits of Kanchenjunga are at 8420m, 8474m and 8586m. Additionally, we have panoramic view of the mountains after we move onward to Oktang [4630m] and descend further crossing the glacier and reach in the area which is the point below Talu. Importantly, the eastern part of Kumbhakarna Glacier flowing from the east face of Jannu (Kumbhakarna is the local name of Jannu) is impressive. Finally, we return back to our camp at Ramce
Day 11

TREKKING BEYOND THE MIRGIN LA (4583m, 6 hrs)

Our next camp will be set somewhere beyond Mirgin La. The route rolls down the valley towards a small settlement of Lapsang before Mirgin La. The pass further continues to Gunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. The trail descends from Mirgin La viewing the magnificent scene of Mt. Jannu.
Day 12

MIRGIN LA – GUNSA (3475m, 6 hrs)

Gunsa is a Tibetan village providing an excellent opportunity to experience strange local hostelry and the ‘Tongba’, an alcoholic beverage fermented out of millet. Almost 6 hours away from Gunsa, we trek sharply down from our campsite and arrive at Lamba Sumba Kharka. The splendid views of the mystical south west face of Jannu appear along with the easy way ahead. After descending on an excellent trail we arrive at Gunsa where we camp in the fields beside the river. The greeting of a tiny gumpa and prayer flags flattering atop the wooden house comes into sight.
Day 13

GUNSA – KYAPRA (2300m, 6 hrs)

Today, we settle our camp at forest in Tang which is almost an hour further from Kyapra which is the last of Tibetan villages. We have a route which follows the mountains to the beautiful Gunsa and Tamur Kholas. The trail extends through spectacular forests of rhododendron, conifer, birch and oak. The continuing trails are steep valley sides following the river cascading downwards to Kyapra.
Day 14

KYAPRA – SAKATHUM (1600m, 7 hrs)

Following and undulating trail to Amjilasa for couple of early hours we come across a sharp long descending trail. Now we can see the Gunsa Khola Valley stretched out before us. Today, we will camp here in the fields of Sakthum.
Day 15

SAKATHUM – CHIRWA (1180m, 6 hrs)

Today en route we encounter confluence of two rivers, Simbua Khola and Gunsa Khola at Tamur Kosi. The trail continues along with the Tamur Khola passing via many small tributary streams. After a trek of around 6 hours we reache at Chirwa.
Day 16

CHIRWA – PHURUMBA (1850 m, 6 hrs)

The rout further leads to Mitlung passing through a cultivated land and rich pastures. After a healthy lunch at Mitlung the zigzag trail passes through a steep stones. We have a climb of around 4 hours to reach the valley of Phrumba from here. For the day we camp at Phurumba and next day we have to trek to Taplejung and drive to Phidim.
Day 17

PHURUMBA – TAPLEJUNG – DRIVE TO PHIDIM (1179, 5 hrs)

The last day of our Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek will continues climbing along the ridge to Taplejung village. We can experience the village life and people. Wandering around adds an understanding the richness and being familiar with the culture. After around 3 hours to Taplejung we head for 2 hours drive to Phidim and officially conclude our trek.
Day 18

PHIDIM – BIRATNAGAR – KATHMADNU

Today we head to Biratnagar on a 3-4 hours drive and take a flight to Kathmandu. Our representative will transfer you to the hotel on arrival.
Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek

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