The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek is the short version of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. The trails usually climb through the pristine farmlands, tranquil villages, and the forest before reaching the isolated Yalung glacier. It lies underneath Mount Kanchenjunga – the 3rd tallest mountain in the world. Kanchenjunga was initially claimed to be the tallest before discovering Everest is the highest mountain in the world.
It goes through the Yalung Glacier, ends for a while at the Kabru viewpoint and Rathong peaks. These all are part of the range that extends south from Kanchenjunga lies at Ramche. Kabru is the world’s most southern 7,000 meters high. From Ramche, you can walk to a ridge with splendid views of the Kanchenjunga South and Mount Janu.
You can spend days walking without seeing another foreigner. Due to this, you can establish personal relations with local people who show you their great hospitality and friendship. If you have the desire, try some cups of Tongba, locally made hot millet wine. Once the first cup is over, refill the hot water as much as you can.
Like other treks in Nepal, the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek spreads from lowland to alpine forests and glaciers, which allows you to explore the many bio-diversities. We might go to the Himalayan Tahr, the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and even the elusive Red Panda in terms of this trip’s wildlife.
This trek requires a high level of physical fitness and experience to ensure that you enjoy this challenging but stunning trek in Eastern Nepal.
Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek: Highlights
Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek Itinerary
|Days||Destination||Altitude in Meters||Distance|
|1.||Fly to Bhadrapur||93||1h00|
|2.||Drive to Taplejung||1820||8-10h00|
|3.||Trek to Laikharka||1880||6h00|
|4.||Trek to Khasewa||1960||5-6h00|
|5.||Trek to Phumbe Danda||1780||6h00|
|6.||Trek to Yamphudin||1662||6h00|
|7.||Trek to Torongding||2340||7h00|
|8.||Trek to Tseram||3868||6-7h00|
|9.||Trek to Ramche (Trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp)||4160||3h00|
|10.||Trek to Torongding||2340||6-7h00|
|11.||Trek to Yamphudin||1662||7-8h00|
|12.||Trek to Khebang||1910||5h45|
|13.||Trek to Khandembe||1500||5-6h00|
|14.||Drive to Bhadrapur||93||10h00|
|15.||Fly back to Kathmandu||1350||1h00|
Best time to visit
From early March to mid-May and October to late November are the best months to visit the Kanchenjunga. From about the end of May to the middle of September, the monsoon season is not advisable to trek. Many residents will migrate to lower elevations during the winter, and tea houses will close so that camping is the only alternative, and it will be freezing.
You can see an impressive show of the Rhododendrons in the spring, with the many varieties flowering in different colors. The trails will be drier in spring, and the sky will be crystalline in fall, but the paths can be possibly changed with monsoon rain. If you are planning for your next trek, everything you need to know about Kanchenjunga Trekking.
Permits and Regulations
As a restricted area, Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek requires special permission to trek, which is issued from registered trekking companies accompanied by a professional guide or porter. The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek permit cost is US$ 20 per person per day, whereas 3000 NPR per person for KCA. Trekking Information Management Systems (TIMS) card doesn’t require the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek too.
Accommodations in lodges/tea houses offer a limited variety of meals including traditional noodle soup and pancakes, mostly in Nepalese cuisines, such as Rice and Lentil (popularly called Dal, Bhat). The lodges and the tea houses are more simple than in the Everest and Annapurna region. If trekkers often do not like traditional Nepalese food, we do recommend that our expert team prepare a variety of high-quality western food. As a result, however, the cost will be higher than the lodge trek, since it is necessary to transport all the logistics from Kathmandu while completing the trek.
Getting There and Away
There are many ways to reach the starting point of this trek from Kathmandu. Depending on your dates, You will find the best way to match your route to the available flights.
Flights from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur are always available (no flights from Bhadrapur to Suketar) from where you drive to Taplejung. Sometimes, Some airplanes, operate the trip to Suketar airport near Taplejung. You can also fly to Biratnagar from Kathmandu, where you can fly to Tumlingtar, an alternate starting/ending point for long treks.
If you are planning to trek to South Kanchenjunga Base Camp, please check this ultimate guide to prepare your trek. We assist you to plan it and get in touch for organizing the trek on full board.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 meters)
Day 2: Trek preparation & fly to Bhadrapur in the afternoon (93 meters)
Day 3: Drive to Taplejung (1820 meters)
Day 4: Taplejung to Laikharka (1880 meters) 6h00 walk
Day 5: Lalikharaka to Khasewa (1960 meters) 5h30 walk
Day 6: Khasewa to Phumbe Danda (1780 meters) 6h00 walk
Day 7: Phube Danda to Yamphudin (1692 meters) 6h00
Day 8: Yamphuding to Torongding (2340 meters) 6h00 walk
Day 9: Torongding to Tseram (3868 meters) 6h00 walk
Day 10: Tseram to Ramche (4160 meters) 3h00 walk
Day 11: Ramche to Torongding (1995 meters) 7h00 walk
Day 12: Torongding to Yamphudin (2080 meters) 8h00 walk
Day 13: Yamphudin to Khebang (1910 meters) 5h30 walk
Day 14: Khebang to Khangdembe (1500 meters) 6h00 walk
Day 15: Khangdembe to Bhadrapur (93 meters) 10h00 drive
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final Departure
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kathmandu International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive, at least 2 hours before the flight.|
|NOT INCLUDED|| |
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1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.