Uncharted Route Ilam to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek-23 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 23 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 4450 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November


  • See the mythical Mt. Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the world.
  • Experience the comforting Gurung and Sherpa hospitality.
  • Enjoy the traditional Nepali culture.
  • Observe the wildlife: snow leopard, musk deer, and red panda.
  • Roaring rivers and thrilling waterfalls.
  • View of all the snow mountains of Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal
  • Beautiful views of the Rhododendron Forest.

Kanchenjunga is in the far eastern part of Nepal and is protected under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project, which is an alternative route for someone seeking peace in nature that encompasses Himalayan coniferous forest, alpine shrubs, meadows, and grassland.

This trek is very new and is specially focused on the south base camp along the most important river in the Mechi Zone, the Mechi River, a tributary of the Mahananda River and Tamor, while the northern part of the zone, mainly the Taplejung district in the eastern Himalayas, consists of several high mountains.

The landscape of Kanchenjunga covers an area of 5,190 sq. km, extending over parts of Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar, and Taplejung districts in federal province number 1 in the country’s eastern development region, which consists of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain in Taplejung district, as its symbolic icon.

It also has a wide variety of biological and natural resources, as well as a diversity of people and cultural heritage. Throughout the journey, you might get to encounter rare entities such as red pandas, wild cats, snow leopards, deer, wild boar, and thar on different elevation levels while passing through several inhabitants of Gurung, Sherpa, and Rai.

550 species, including eagles, black crows, Lophura leucomelanos, Drongus, Ddicrurus, Parus monticulous, Spiny Babbler, Lophophorus, Eurasian Treecreeper, greater yellow nape, Chilime Himalayan bulbul, streaked spider hunter, vulture, and Columba avians, are found in the national park, with the majority of oaks, fir, Aconitum palmatum birch, maple, and Ekley Bir willow Rhododendron forests.

 All these offerings coincided with the holy and religious site of Pathivara Temple, which can present this region as a highly potential destination for tourism in Eastern Nepal.

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It is your arrival day at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, where you will meet our company representative. He will drop you off at your designated hotel via private transportation.

In the evening, you will attend a briefing session about your upcoming trip over dinner in the hotel with our tour guide or tour leader.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • MealsDinner

Kathmandu Valley includes several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath (the most sacred Hindu temple and cremation ground) and Boudhanath (a massive Buddhist stupa).

You can also visit Swyambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple, which was built roughly 2,000 years ago.

Finally, you can walk along Patan, a city of fine arts, and the two adjacent Bhaktapur and Kathmandu Durbar Squares.

In the afternoon, you will meet your trekking guide and check all the necessary things for the trek to begin.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel

On the 2nd morning, you will drive to the Tribhuvan International Airport and catch a domestic flight to Bhadrapur, which takes around 50 minutes from Kathmandu.

From Bhadrapur, you will again drive in a jeep to Pashupatinagar at an altitude of 1,986 m, where the trekking officially begins after lunch in a local restaurant.

A 3-hour walk from here is Cha Ghare, where you will spend a night in a homestay run by the Sherpa family.

  • AccommodationHomestay
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,986 m

After breakfast, you will walk to the hill through the pine forest, visiting Chittrey Monastery (Marpha) at an altitude of 2327 m, which was built by Yogi Nagthana Tsampa, born in Ladakh (India), a small village called Rumback.

From there, continue walking through the village to Lamedhure and have lunch. After lunch, start a trek to reach Tumling and an overnight homestay with the Gurung family for dinner, according to local taste.

  • AccommodationHomestay
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,915 m

You will have three dimensions. 60-degree angle view of Kanchenjunga, Mount Pandim, and Mount Everest very early in the morning.

After breakfast, you will trek to Kalapokhari via Jaubare, a small village, and reach Gairibas to proceed to Kaiyakatta to have lunch there.

After lunch, you will trek to Kalapokhari via Batase and stay overnight at the Kalapokhari homestay.

  • AccommodationHomestay
  • MealsAll Three Meals
  • Max. Altitude3,014 m

One more day, you will begin the journey to Char Rate immediately after breakfast, walk uphill to Chauri Chowk, Bikey Bhanjhyang, or Sandakpur, and have lunch in Sandakpur.

After lunch, walk downhill to Char Rate (which celebrates the Yak festival in April every year) and overnight stay in a tented camp.

  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner

After breakfast, trek uphill to Ghaley Bhanjhyang/Thokum/Nepal Tar and have lunch in Gorkheypani. After lunch, you will hike to Tori Phuley and stay overnight in a tented camp.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsFull Meal Courses
  • Max. Altitude3,400 m

This day, too, the trek begins after breakfast. First, you will climb uphill to Gosa, Bhalujhorini, or Hairi. In Sallery, you will stop for lunch and trek downhill to Parde Bhanjhyang, then to Chewa Bhanjyang, where you will stay for the night in a tented camp.

  • AccommodationCamping
  • MealsFull Meal Courses
  • Max. Altitude3,230 m

After breakfast, you will ascent uphill via major viewpoints, providing a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains: Kanchenjunga/Mount Padim/Bhutan Mountains, Kumbakarna/3 Sisters/Makalu/Mount Everest.

Then lower down via Bale/Labi to reach Phalakhey and have lunch, then trek to Bhuspati, eventually to Gairidanda to spend overnight in a tented camp.

  • AccommodationCamp
  • MealsAll Three Meals
  • Max. Altitude3,414 m

After breakfast this day, you will trek uphill to Sukedhap and reach Dund for lunch. Then you will march forward to Ghopte/Phedang/Tarunipani and finally ascend to Pahade Megu to stay overnight in a tented camp.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsAll Three Meals
  • Max. Altitude3,894 m

You will leave Pahade Megu by yet another uphill trek through Ghumeny, where you will have lunch and head for Timbupokhari, a holy place for Buddhist and Hindu people, where you will sit in a tented camp to call it a day.

  • AccommodationCamp
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,450 m

It will be your first acclimatization day after the beginning of the trip, as you will have achieved quite a high elevation.

To ascend higher, you will spend this day in a tented camp, having breakfast, lunch, and dinner along a few short side treks.

    From Timbupokhari, you will start to walk downhill via Thulo Bhanjyang (a viewpoint from where you can see the lovely villages of Sikkim), have a nice view of Kanchanjunga at 180 degrees, then trek uphill to Panglang Gairi.

    On the way, you will see a castle while you continue the walk toward Ywanagi and then to Chaurighang to feast for lunch.

    After lunch, you will visit Thanma Pokhari/lake, and Langor Danda/mountain, which is in a U shape, then trek downhill to Tawanagi/Shivanagi and stay in a tented camp for the night.

    The overall trial is slightly more challenging than the previous ones.

    • AccommodationCamping
    • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
    • Max. Altitude4,018 m

    After breakfast in Shivangi, trek uphill along with Sunpati Dhup, then descend to Dabala/Twire.

    After lunch at Dabala, hike to visit Yak Castel downhill along the Kabeli riverside with an all-mountain view and reach Yamphudin.

    Stay overnight in a tented camp in Yamphudin.

    • AccommodationTented Camp
    • MealsFull Meal Courses
    • Max. Altitude4,018 m

    You will have breakfast in Yamphudin and begin to ascend to Dhupi Danda. Have lunch here and trek through the pine forest to stay at Jhorini Camp for the night.

    You will be obstructed by any mountain views from here.

    • AccommodationCamp
    • MealsAll Three Meals
    • Max. Altitude3,278 m

    On one more day, you will start to trek uphill to Toramden after breakfast to have lunch. After lunch, you will head for Pinuwa and then Phedi to stay overnight in Cheram in a tented camp whose walking trail follows the forest and riverside only (Simbu-Him Nadi).

    • AccommodationTented Camp
    • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
    • Max. Altitude3,861 m

    Right after breakfast, you will start to ascend the hill to Yalung/Ramjar and visit Oktang, which provides you with an insight into the Limbu temple. Last, you will move back to Ramjer, where the glacier begins, and stay overnight in camp.

    • AccommodationCamp
    • MealsAll Three Meals
    • Max. Altitude4,475 m

    The descent of the trail begins on this day. At first, you will trek down to Yalung, then to Cheram for lunch, and continue trekking downhill along the forest to Toramden, where you will spend your night in a camp.

    • AccommodationCamping Tent
    • MealsFull Meal Courses
    • Max. Altitude4,475 m

    The downhill trail extends to Yamhudin to stay overnight in a tented camp via Jorini after grabbing lunch there.

    • AccommodationCamp
    • MealsAll Three Meals
    • Max. Altitude2,950 m

    On this day also, you will follow a descending hill via Ghanti Chinne Bhanjhyang, reach Ekachana Bhanjhyang to enjoy lunch, and trek to Kabeli, which is the last stop at Kheywang, to pitch a tent.

    • AccommodationCamping Tent
    • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
    • Max. Altitude2,050 m

    You will keep on the trek on descending trails via Salley Danda, have lunch at the Kabeli riverside, and then hike down to Hapukhola to sit in IIam for the night.

    • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
    • Max. Altitude1,450 m

    This morning, you will take the local bus to Bhadrapur and then fly back to Kathmandu. You will arrive the same day, and the trip ends.

    Either way, you will join the crew members to have a celebratory dinner for you in the evening when you return to Kathmandu.

    • AccommodationStandard Hotel

    Today is your final day in Kathmandu. After breakfast in the morning, we will transport you to the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

    If you prefer, you will have plenty of time to shop for some souvenirs to take home.

    Thank you for choosing Adventure Himalayan Travels &Treks for your trip.

    We are hopeful to see you again!

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      Route Map
      Uncharted Route Ilam to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek-23 Days Map
      What's Included
      • 19 nights and 20 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge and tent)
      • Transportation from Kathmandu airport to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam, 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 17, 2024PricePriceUS$2175StatusStatusAvailable
      Start DateStarts: MondayApr 29, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayMay 21, 2024PricePriceUS$2175StatusStatusAvailable

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