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Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek 15 days

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Trip Grade
Moderate, 4160 m / 13648 ft (Oktang)
Tea House
15 x breakfast, 14 x lunch and 14 x dinner while on the trek

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Sleep on the lap of the third highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga (8586 meters)
  • Ascend to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp to catch stunning views of Kanchenjunga South
  • Know about the lifestyle and culture of Rai and Limbu people residing in Eastern Nepal
  • Walk inside the diverse Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
  • Walk through the subtropical lowlands, alpine forests of rhododendrons and magnolia

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek Overview

Embark on an extraordinary adventure with the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek. This challenging and scenic journey unveils the awe-inspiring beauty of the Yalung Glacier and the southern side of the Kanchenjunga region, the world's third tallest peak. This remarkable trek takes you through pristine woodlands, fertile farming fields, and serene villages, gradually ascending to the base camp at Ramche, nestled at an elevation of 4,610 meters. To fully enjoy this remote trek in the eastern region of Nepal, it is recommended to have a decent level of fitness and prior trekking experience.

A Scenic Journey through Pristine Woodlands and Serene Villages

As you embark on the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek, you'll traverse through pristine woodlands, where nature's tranquility surrounds you. The path winds through fertile farming fields and passes by charming villages, offering glimpses into the local way of life. This scenic journey immerses you in the tapestry of nature's wonders, showcasing the beauty of the eastern Himalayas.

Breathtaking Vistas: Rathong and Kabru Peaks

Located amidst the grandeur of the Rathong and Kabru peaks, which form part of the southern ridge branching off from Kanchenjunga, the base camp at Ramche serves as a gateway to breathtaking vistas. Pause and behold the magnificent sight as you gaze upon the towering peaks and the vast expanse of the landscape. The splendor of nature unfolds before your eyes, leaving you in awe of its grandeur. Prepare to capture unforgettable moments of the majestic Himalayan panoramas.

Captivating Views: Kanchenjunga South Face and Magnificent Himalayan Peaks

As you continue your journey from Ramche to a ridge, a mesmerizing panorama unfolds—the majestic Kanchenjunga South Face. Experience the sheer beauty and grandeur of this natural wonder, leaving an indelible impression. Prepare to feast your eyes on captivating views of Mount Janu, Nyukla Lanchung, and other Himalayan peaks. Each step reveals a new spectacle, immersing you in the majestic allure of the mountains and the region's rich biodiversity.

A Tapestry of Nature: From Subtropical Lowlands to Alpine Forests

The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek offers more than just snow-capped summits. It takes you through a tapestry of nature's wonders, revealing the region's diverse landscapes. Descend from the heights and traverse through subtropical lowlands adorned with vibrant rhododendron forests, where the air is filled with the sweet scent of blossoms. Ascend once again, and you'll find yourself amidst serene alpine forests, where towering trees create a majestic canopy. The contrasting landscapes paint a vivid picture of the region's rich biodiversity. It shows the unique flora and fauna of the Himalayas.

Wildlife Sanctuary: Spotting Rare Mammals and Avian Wonders

The Kanchenjunga region, under the protection of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and the Sacred Himalayan Landscape initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), actively preserves its status as a wildlife sanctuary. It provides a haven for a diverse array of rare and elusive creatures. As you traverse the trails, maintain a vigilant mindset, as you may encounter the graceful snow leopard, the elusive Asian black bear, or the adorable red panda, along with other captivating mammals. The presence of avian wonders such as the golden-breasted fulvetta, the elegant snow cock, and the vibrant blood pheasant will enthrall birdwatchers, as these birds contribute lively hues to the natural surroundings.

An Awe-Inspiring Trek: Fitness and Experience Required

For those seeking an awe-inspiring trek that demands good fitness and previous trekking experience. Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek is a perfect choice. Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the world's third-highest mountain, surpassing only Everest and K2. Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey in Nepal's remote eastern region, where you'll witness the wonders of nature firsthand. Get ready to create lifelong memories as you explore the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek. It is a high-altitude adventure that combines breathtaking vistas, captivating views, and a tapestry of nature's marvels.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (Flight) to Ilam (Drive)

Ilam – 1677 m / 5501 ft – 5 hrs

Embark on your Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek as you take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, providing you with spectacular views of the Himalayas. From Bhadrapur, a picturesque 5-hour drive awaits, leading you to the charming town of Ilam at an elevation of 1677 meters (5501 feet).

Day 2: Ilam to Taplejung (Drive)

Taplejung – 1820 m / 5971 ft – 5 hrs

After a restful night in Ilam, your journey continues with a 5-hour drive to Taplejung, situated at an altitude of 1820 meters (5971 feet). As you traverse the scenic route, soak in the beauty of the landscapes, marking the transition towards the starting point of your trek.

Day 3: Taplejung to Lali Kharka

Lali Kharka – 1880 m / 4166 ft – 6 hrs

Your trek officially begins as you depart from Taplejung and ascend to Lali Kharka. This leg of the journey takes approximately 6 hours, and you'll find yourself at an elevation of 1880 meters (4166 feet) by the end of the day.

Day 4: Lali Kharka to Khesewa

Khesewa – 1960 m / 6102 ft – 6 hrs

Continue your ascent through the picturesque terrain, trekking for about 6 hours from Lali Kharka to reach Khesewa at an altitude of 1960 meters (6102 feet).

Day 5: khesewa to Pumphe Danda

Pumphe Danda – 1780 m / 8234 ft – 5 hrs

Today's trek takes you from Khesewa to Pumphe Danda, a journey lasting around 5 hours and culminating at an elevation of 1780 meters (8234 feet).

Day 6: Pumphe Danda to Yamphuding

Yamphuding – 2080 m / 8956 ft – 6 hrs

The trek continues to Yamphuding, a destination situated at 2080 meters (8956 feet). This leg of the journey spans approximately 6 hours, offering both challenges and breathtaking scenery.

Day 7: Yamphuding to Torongding

Torongding – 2340 m / 11794 ft – 7 hrs

Embark on a 7-hour trek from Yamphuding to Torongding, reaching an altitude of 2340 meters (11794 feet). This part of the trail introduces you to the diverse landscapes of the Kanchenjunga region.

Day 8: Torongding to Cheram

Cheram – 3868 m / 11794 ft – 5 hrs

A 5-hour trek brings you to Cheram, nestled at 3868 meters (12702 feet). As you gain altitude, the landscapes evolve, providing a unique trekking experience.

Day 9: Cheram to Ramche

Ramche – 4160 m / 13451 ft – 3 hrs

Continue your ascent to Ramche, a location situated at 4160 meters (13451 feet). This relatively shorter 3-hour trek allows for acclimatization as you approach higher elevations.

Day 10: Ramche to Torongding

Torongding – 2995 m / 13451 ft – 6 hrs

Descend from Ramche to Torongding, covering a distance of about 6 hours and reaching an altitude of 2995 meters (9806 feet). The varied terrain adds to the richness of your trekking experience.

Day 11: Torongding to Yamphuding

Yamphuding – 2080 m / 15698 ft – 7 hrs

Revisit Yamphuding on this 7-hour trek, appreciating the familiar landscapes from a different perspective at an elevation of 2080 meters (15698 feet).

Day 12: Yamphuding to Khebang

Khebang – 1910 m / 15698 ft – 4 hrs

Descend to Khebang on a 4-hour trek, experiencing the changing surroundings and reaching an elevation of 1910 meters (6266 feet).

Day 13: Khebang to Khamdime

Khamdime – 1500 m / 11794 ft – 4 hrs

Continue your descent to Khamdime, a journey lasting about 4 hours and concluding at an altitude of 1500 meters (4921 feet).

Day 14: Khamdime to Bhadrapur (Drive)

Bhadrapur – 93 m / ft – 10 hrs

Embark on a scenic 10-hour drive from Khamdime to Bhadrapur, situated at an elevation of 93 meters (305 feet), marking the end of your trekking adventure.

Day 15: Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (Flight)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 50 minutes

Conclude your journey with a 50-minute flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu, providing a final opportunity to gaze upon the majestic Himalayan landscape before bidding farewell to your Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek.

What's included?

  • 14 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (Bodhi Boutique or similar)
  • Kathmandu Bhadrapur Kathmandu Flight
  • Bhadrapur Taplejung and Khamdime Bhadrapur local bus
  • Guide for 15 days
  • Kanchenjunga conservation area permit
  • Restricted area permit
  • 15 x breakfast, 14 x lunch and 14 x dinner while on the trek

What's not included?

  • One Porter for 15 days USD 380
  • Private Jeep USD 430 (Optional)