Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek- 16 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 2-10
  • Max. Altitude 4620 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November


  •  Dynasty views of Kanchenjunga (8,586m) the 3rd highest mountain in the world
  • Explore the less Tourist  Eastern mountainous regions of Nepal
  •  Magnificent Mountains views including Mount Kanchenjunga 1st,2nd and south.
  •  We will visit culture and heritage of the Sherpa’s and limbu 
  • Kathmandu, where you will explore the city's several UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Nepal’s second highest peak and the third highest in the world, Kanchenjunga is located in the northeastern corner of the Taplejung district. Its main ridges form a natural boundary between two states, as well as a watershed to several important rivers. Twelve miles north of Kanchenjunga is the Tibetan frontier. This runs along the main watershed of the Himalayas, separating the arid plateau of Tibet to the north and the more fertile and rain washed country to the south. 

Kanchenjunga is a mountain of sheer beauty.  It is great enough to posses its own glaciers radiating from its several summits. Though surrounded by many peaks, the glaciers which flow far down to the fringes of the tropical forests are the undisputed possession of Kanchenjunga. It is the only mountain that displays its glories to the world at large. Only those who can afford the time and expenses necessary to penetrate the remote fastness from which they spring can view the glories of Everest, but Kanchenjunga is to be seen easily from anyone in the lower foothills.

Kanchenjunga not only breaks the force of the monsoon, but protects the main watershed to the north from its onslaught to a great extent. The result of this is an extra ordinary variation of scenery and climate with in a small area. The dry, almost dusty hill at the head of the Lhonak Valley, The Dodang Nyima range and the plateau of Tibet beyond are in striking contrast to the valley that radiates southward from Kanchenjunga, for here is a dry reddish brown country with a snow level appreciably higher and glaciers considerably smaller than those of Kanchenjunga and its immediate neighbours.  There is probably no other mountain where the mountaineer is exposed to greater dangers than he is on Kanchenjunga, for he not only has the ice avalanches to contend with, but general uncertain weather as well.

Roughly speaking, there are four main lines of approach of Kanchenjunga, up the valley of the Tamor river in Nepal, passing Ghunsa and Kangbachen, up the Yalung valley in Nepal, up the valley of the Teesta river in Sikkim, and up the Talung valley also in Sikkim. Between the Yalung and Talung valleys there is also the Rangit river, which has its sources in the glaciers of Kabru, 2400 feet, one of kangchenjunga’s out post peaks to the south.  The span of Kanchenjunga area is 55% of the Taplejung district area and 1.40% of the total area of country. Its 65% area is covered by high Himalayas and mountain rocks and ice and remaining 45% is covered by forests, shrub-land, grass-land and agricultural-land.  The climate of this area varies from subtropical monsoon at lower elevation to alpine in the higher areas. 

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Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the Adventure Himalayan representatives will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After refreshment, you will be briefed in short about your tour by our guide or tour leader.  If you have any questions or doubts about your trip then they should be asked and clarified at this time. Overnight stay at hotel.

    Kathmandu Valley includes several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath (famous Hindu temple and cremation ground) Boudhanath (massive Buddhist stupa). We can also visit Swyambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple, which was built roughly 2000 years ago.  Finally, we can visit Patan, city of fine arts. In the afternoon, you will be meeting with your trekking guide and will check all the necessary things. Overnight stay at the hotel.

      We will take an early flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung (or Bhadrapur, then drive to Taplejung) (roughly 40min).  We will then begin our trek to Lali Kharak.  Overnight in guest house in Lali Kharak. 

        Today the trail first ascends to a ridge before dropping steeply through Shimu  to a suspension bridge across the Phawa Khola, where there is a good swimming place. We then will climb to the Limbu village of Kunjari at 1700 meter and continue through wheat fields to a Gurung settlement on a 2240 meter high pass. From here we have our first views of Kanchenjunga. The trail enters the Kabeli Valley where we spend the next two days climbing up and down, in and out of ravines and over ridges. Today’s endpoint is in the village of Khesewa.

          Our trek continues through the Kabeli Valley, passing a few spectacular waterfalls.  After descending steeply through rice terraces into a side canon, we cross the Khaksewa Khola on a long suspension bridge at 1540m and then climb back to Mamanke.  This is a prosperous Limbu village with bhattis (tea shops), and a large school.

            This day will bring us a lot of jumping from stone to stone, as we first have to cross the Tenguwa Khola stream.  We climb steeply up to a ridge marked by a chhorten and prayer flags.  Going down from here to the Kabeli Khola will be another exercise of rock-hopping over boulders, treeroots, and intersecting stream channels as we head upstream.  We then climb gently to Yamphudin, a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais, and Gurungs. Overnight in tea house.  

              After crossing the Amji Khola river we will leave this river for now and continue our way on a trail that heads straight uphill through fields of corn and barley to Dhupi Banjyang, a pass at 2540 meters. We then descent through ferns surrounded by big trees to the Amji Khola river, where we will find a tea house to stay.

                From the stream the trail makes a steep climb through bamboo forests to Chitre at 2920 meter. After arriving here the ascent is less strenuous passing through a forest of pines and rhododendron to a pond at Lamite Bhanjyang (3410m). From this ridge we follow a steep set of switchbacks leading downhill through damp orchid-filled forests, crossing streams and isolated clearings used by herders. We stay above the wild river and follow it upstream to Torontan, where there are a few campsites close to the river or a little further ahead near a few caves.  Continuing on, we reach to Tseram, where we stay the night.

                  A rocky loose path follows the stream and climbs up to some mani walls (stones carved with Buddhist prayers). Rathong (6678m) and Kabru Dome (6700m) loom at the head of the valley. Climbing further alongside the moraine of Yalung Glacier to where the valley opens up as we approach Yalung at 4260m. Our trek climbs further along the moraine to a lake and a big meadow at Ramche.  The view is dominated by the spectacular peak of Rathong. Herds of blue sheep live on the cliffs above our campsite.

                    We follow our way back along the Simbua Khola to a campsite at Lamite Bhanjyang.  There is a pond nearby at 3410m, which is a nice place to set up camp, although sometimes there may be a water shortage there.  Overnight here.  

                      The first part of the trail goes along the bank of the Simbua Khola.  You have to walk through a dense jungle.  On the way, you can see the effects of a landslide.  The trails normally ascend up to Lamite Bhanjyang and then descend to Yamphudin, crossing a small river.  Yamphudin is a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais, and Gurungs.  Among the corn and rice fields of the village, there is a school and some shops with minimal supplies.  Overnight in Yamphudin.

                        In the beginning, we descend crossing the Omje Khola up to halfway. Then you begin ascending through a jungle of cardamom and orchid plants. You pass a small village where you can find different human settlements, small thatched roof houses and local shops with minimal supplies. From here, the trail steeply ascends to Khebang Danda before descending to Khebang village. Khabang is a comparatively big village where the local people follow the Hindu and Buddhism faiths. 

                          The trail starts descending to Jorepul and then begins to ascend.  We will also trek along flat and low land, crossing paddy fields and thatched roof houses.  There are many villages along the way where we can buy some snacks or lunch.  

                            After breakfast, we take a jeep ride from Hapu Khola to Ilam Bazaar.  Overnight in Ilam Bazaar.

                              At morning you will take local bus to Bhadrapur then flight back to Kathmandu, you will arrive the same day and the trip ends.  Either way, we will have a celebratory dinner for you in the evening that you return to Kathmandu.

                                We will transport you to the airport.  Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels & Treks.  We look forward to seeing you again!

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                                  Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek- 16 Days Map
                                  What's Included
                                  • ​​​12 nights and 13 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
                                  • Transportation from Kathmandu airport to Taplejung, and Hapu Khola to Ilam by jeep, Ilam to Bhadrapur and back to Kathmandu by flight or bus
                                  • English speaking local expert guide, porters ( Porter carry maxmum 20 kg one porter betowen 2 pax)
                                  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
                                  • Kanchenjunga National Park permit and Kanchenjunga restricted area permit (need 3 photos for the permits)
                                  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast
                                  • Airport transfers and escort
                                  • Farewell dinner with cultural dance  in Kathmandu
                                  • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
                                  • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter, map, etc.)
                                  • Tent, mattress, and other supplies in case guest houses are full or there are no guest houses
                                  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
                                  • Trekking achievement certificate
                                  • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt
                                  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
                                  • International flight
                                  • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
                                  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
                                  • Electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
                                  • Hot shower during trek
                                  • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
                                  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
                                  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
                                  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
                                  Dates and Prices
                                  Date PriceAvailability 
                                  Start DateStarts: ThursdayApr 25, 2024End DateEnds: FridayMay 10, 2024PricePriceUS$1795StatusStatusAvailable
                                  Start DateStarts: MondayApr 29, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayMay 14, 2024PricePriceUS$1795StatusStatusAvailable
                                  Client Reviews
                                  • Kanchenjunga North and South Trek- 23 Days


                                    Mr. Rana picked me up from the airport in Kathmandu and took me to the Hotel Kailash Kutee in Thamel. The room at the hotel was very nice, breakfast on the 7th floor on the terrace and Thamel with all facilities right outside the door. Perfect base camp in Kathmandu!
                                    The first day was spent recovering from jet lag and sightseeing. I could use Rana's car for this, his driver took me from the hotel to Boudhanath stupa and Swayambhunath temple and waited for me there respectively. This was of course much more pleasant than looking for cabs myself and negotiating the price with the drivers.
                                    There were no other participants for the trek to Kanchenjunga in the mid of November, so I got a private tour there, which was overall very well organized. Round trip flight to Badhrapur, jeep rides and accommodation was planned and booked by Adventure Himalayan Travels & Treks or my porter guide, it all went smoothly. The Kanchenjunga tour is not yet as touristy as Everest or Annapurna, but one experience the original Nepal. The trekking was super nice (also exhausting) and I will always keep it in best memory.
                                    After returning from trekking, I had booked 2 additional days at the hotel. Again, I could use Rana's car including driver, who drove me 40 km southeast to the Namo Buddha monastery (one of the absolute highlights in the Kathmandu Valley) and to Bhaktapur to visit the city center.
                                    Conclusion: I needed time flexibility for my trekking, had special wishes regarding sightseeing and duration of my vacation. Adventure Himalayan Travels & Treks organized all this very well, I can absolutely recommend this agency.
                                    The trekking to Kanchenjunga was my third tour in Nepal (after Everest and Annapurna) and I will definitely come back, there are many other beautiful paths to hike (Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Makalu, Langtang, Mustang, …).

                                    JensGermany,Nov 22, 2022
                                  • Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek - 16 Days


                                    “Tashi Sherpa I found right through out our communication (both in Australia and in Nepal) to be informative, respectful to my individual requests and very flexible to my changing needs and it appeared to me that Tashi Sherpa was available 24/7. What more can you ask for when traveling oversea? Nothing that I can think of because Tashi Sherpa had already done the thinking for me.Thanks for a fantastically well organised trek Tashi Sherpa:)”

                                    AnonymousCanada,Sep 15, 2018

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