Virgin Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek - 23 Days

Trip Cost
US$ 2175 (Per Person)

Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Transportation: NA
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Trip Highlights

  • Mt. Kanchenjunga 3rd highest peak in the world
  • Gurung, Sherpa hospitality
  • Traditional Nepali Culture
  • Wildlife: snow leopard, musk deer, red panda
  • Rivers and water falls 
  • View of all the snow mountains of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal
  • Beautiful views of Rhododendron forest

Kanchenjunga is towards the far eastern part of Nepal protected under Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project.
This alternative route is for someone seeking peace in nature. This route encompasses, himalayan coniferous forest, alpine shrubs, meadows, and grassland. This trek very new and is specially focused for the south base camp.The most important river in the Mechi Zone is Mechi, tributary of the Mahananda River.Another river is Tamor. In the northern part of the zone, mainly in the Taplejung district which lies is in the eastern himalayas consists of several high mountains. The landscape of Kanchenjunga covers an area of 5190 sq. km extending over parts of Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar and Taplejung districts in federal province number 1 in the country’s eastern development region. It consist Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain in Taplejung district as its symbolic icon and also wide variety of biological and natural resources, as well as a diversity of people and cultural heritage. All these offerings coincided with holy and religious site of Pathivara temple that can present this region as a highly potential destination for tourism in Eastern Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Free day in Kathmandu or self visiting around valley
  • Day 03:Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Ilam-Cha Ghare (1986 m)
  • Day 04:Cha Ghare to Tumling (2915 m)
  • Day 05:Tumling to Kalapokhari (India - Nepal border 3014 m)
  • Day 06:Kalapokhari / Sandakpur (3584 m) to Char Rate (3320 m)
  • Day 07:Char Rate to Tori phuley (3400 m)
  • Day 08:Tori phuley to Chewa Bhanjhyang(3230 m)
  • Day 09:Chewa Bhanjhyang to Gairidanda (3414 m)
  • Day 10:Gairidanda to Pahade Megu(3894 m)
  • Day 11:Pahade Megu to Timbupokhari (4450 m)
  • Day 12:Timbupokhari to Shivanagi (4108 m)
  • Day 13:Timbu Pokhari Acclimatization
  • Day 14:Shivanagi to Yamphudin (2068 m)
  • Day 15:Yamphudim to Naya Jhorini (3278 m)
  • Day 16:Naya Jhorini to Cheram (3861 m)
  • Day 17:Cheram to Ramje (4475 m)
  • Day 18:Ramje to Toramden (2950 m)
  • Day 19:Toramden to Yamphudin (2050 m)
  • Day 20:Yamphudin to Kheywang (1450 m)
  • Day 21:Kheywang to Hapukhola (1100 m) and Drive to Ilam
  • Day 22:Ilam to Bhadrapur and Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 23:Departure from Nepal

What's Includes:

  • 19 nights and 20 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge and ten)
  • 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.

What's Excludes:

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 40  (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
  • Extra baggage charges
  • 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.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in KathmanduUpon 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.
  • Day 02Free day in Kathmandu or self visiting around valleyKathmandu 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.
  • Day 03Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Ilam-Cha Ghare (1986 m) At morning drive to Tribhuvan International Airport: Flight to Bhadrapur which takes around 50 minutes from kathmandu. Drive to Pashupatinagar at an altitude of 1986m in Jeep from Bhadrapur airport. After having lunch at Pashupatinagar in local restaurant, treking begins. Walk 03 hrs from Pashupatinagar to reach Cha Ghare. Overnight stay in homestay run by Sherpa family.
  • Day 04Cha Ghare to Tumling (2915 m) After breakfast, walk to the hill through pine forest. On the way, visit Chittrey Monastery(Marpha) at the altitude of 2327 m. The monastery built by Yogi Nagthana Tsampa, born in Ladak (India) small village called Rumback. From there, continue walking through the village to Lamedhure and have lunch. After lunch, start a trek to reach Tumling & overnight homestay with Gurung family and have dinner, the local taste.
    Animals: Red Panda, Wild Cats, Deer Inhabitants: Sherpa, Gurung, Magar Brahmin.Birds: Eagles, black crow, Lophura leucomelanosTrees & Herbs: Swertia chirata, Himalayan Yew, Aconitum palmatum
  • Day 05Tumling to Kalapokhari (India - Nepal border 3014 m)Early morning, have a view of Kanchanjunga in Three dimension 60° angle/Mount Pandim /Mount Everest. After Breakfast trek to Kalapokhari via Jaubare, a small village and reach Gairibas and proceed to Kaiyakatta and have lunch there. After lunch, then start trek to reach Kalapokhari via Batase & stay overnight at Kalapokhari homestay.
    Animals: Red panda, Wild sheep, leopard, bear, goat, tiger, Wild boar Inhabitants: Sherpa, Gurung, Rai, limbu
    Birds: Lophura leucomelanos, Eagle, Drongus Dicrurus, Parus monticolus
    Trees & Herbs: Aconitum ferox wall, Aconitum palmatum (black & white), Aconitum palmatum
  • Day 06Kalapokhari / Sandakpur (3584 m) to Char Rate (3320 m) After breakfast, walk uphill to Chauri chowk/bikey bhanjhyang / sandakpur & have lunch in Sandakpur. After lunch, walk downhill to Char Rate and overnight stay in a tented camp. Char Rate is the place where every year in the month of April, Yak Festival is celebrated.

    Animals: Red panda, leopard, bear, goat, tiger, wild boar, Yak
    Inhabitants: Rai ,Limbu, Magar, Tamang
    Birds: Spiny Babbler, Upupa epops Linnaeus, Commongreen magpie
    Trees & Herbs: Aconitum ferox wall, Paris polyphylla, Rhododendron tree
  • Day 07Char Rate to Tori phuley (3400 m)After breakfast, trek uphill to Ghaley Bhanjhyang/Thokum/Nepal Tar & have lunch in Gorkheypani. After lunch, trek to Tori Phuley in and stay overnight in tented camp.
    Animals: Red Panda, Leopard, Bear, Tiger, Wild Boar
    Inhabitants: Rai, Limbu, Magar,Tamang
    Birds: Spiny Babbler, Upupa epops Linnaeus, White Wagtail, Himalayan Wood Pecker, Lophophorus imimpejanus, Hyblaea puera
  • Day 08Tori phuley to Chewa Bhanjhyang(3230 m)After breakfast, trek uphill to Gosa/Bhalujhorini/Gairi & have lunch in Sallery then trek downhill to Parde Bhanjhyang then to Chewa bhanjhyang, overnight stay in tented camp.
    Animal: Red Panda, Leopard, Bear, Tiger
    People: Rai, Limbu, Gurung
    Birds: Spiny Babbler, Upupa epops Linnaeus, Turdoides nipalensis, Barred cuckoo dove.
    Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum, Dactylorhiza hatagirea
  • Day 09Chewa Bhanjhyang to Gairidanda (3414 m)After breakfast, trek uphill via major view points, beautiful panoramic view of mountains: kanchanjunga/Mount Padim/Bhutan Mountains,Kumbakarna/3 sisters/Makalu/Mount Everest are superbly seen. Then trek downhill via Bale/Labi to reach Phalakhey and have lunch then trek to Bhuspati, reached Gairidanda where overnight stay in tented camp.
    Animals: Musk Deer, Naemorhedus, Red panda, tiger, bear
    Inhabitants: Permanent resident not available
    Birds: Spiny Babbler, Hyblaea puera, Lophophorus,
    Trees & Herbs: Allium wallichii, rhododendron, Dactylorhiza hatagirea, Aconitum palmatum
  • Day 10Gairidanda to Pahade Megu(3894 m)After breakfast trek uphill to Sukedhap and reached Dund & have lunch and then trek to Ghopte/Phedang/Tarunipani and finally reach Pahade Megu and overnight stay in tented camp.
    Animals: Red panda, Musk deer, snow leopard, wild sheep (brown)
    Inhabitants: Permanent resident not available
    Birds: Green tailed sun bird, Spiny Babbler, Hyblaea puera, Lophophorus,
    Trees & Herbs: Ekley Bir, Allium wallichii, Rhododendron, Dactylorhiza hatagirea.
  • Day 11Pahade Megu to Timbupokhari (4450 m)After breakfast uphill trek via Ghumney and have lunch in Ghumney. After lunch, then trek to Timbupokhari, which is a holy place for Buddhist and Hindu people. Overnight stay in Timbupokhari in a tented camp.
    Animals: Snow leopard, Musk deer, wild sheep (brown)
    Inhabitants: Permanent resident not available
    Birds: Lophophorus, dark rumped rosefinch, Columba Leuconota
    Trees & Herbs: Ekley Bir, Allium wallichii, rhododendron, Dactylorhiza hatagirea, rhododendron anthopogon, Picrorrhiza
    kurrora, Aconitum palmatum, kenjo, micopila
  • Day 12Timbupokhari to Shivanagi (4108 m)After breakfast walk downhill via Thulobhangyang and have a view of kanchanjunga in 180° . From this point, a view of Sikkim village can be seen then trek uphill to Panglang Gairi. On the way Yak castle can be seen. Continue the trek towards Yuwanagi then to Chaurighang and have lunch. After lunch, then visit Thanma Pokhari/lake, Langor Danda/mountain which is in U shape. After that trek downhill to Tawanagi/Shivanagi and overnight stay in tented camp. (Overall trail is challenging).

    Animal: Red panda, Musk deer, Snow leopard
    Inhabitants: Permanent resident not available
    Birds: Lophophorus, Eurasian treecheeper
    Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum,Ekley Bir, Rhododendron anthopogon, micopila, kenjo
  • Day 13Timbu Pokhari AcclimatizationStay in tented Camp along with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Animals: Red panda, Musk deer, leopard, bear.wild sheep.
    Inhabitants: Permanent resident not available
    Birds: Lophophorus, colamba luekomota
    Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum,Ekley Bir, Rhododendron anthopogo
  • Day 14Shivanagi to Yamphudin (2068 m)After breakfast, strat a trek uphill along with Sunpati Dhup then downhill to Dabala/Twire. After lunch at Dabala, trek to visit yak castel down hill along the kabeli river side with all mountain view and reached Yamphudin. Stay overnight in tented camp in Yamphudin.
    Animals: Red panda, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Naemorhedus
    Inhabitants: Rai, Sherpa, Gurung
    Birds: Lophophorus, greater yellownape, Hyblaea puera, Lophura leucomelanos
    Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum, Rhododendron anthopogon, Paris polyphylla, Swertia chirata, Saxifraga Ligulata
  • Day 15Yamphudim to Naya Jhorini (3278 m)After breakfast trek uphill to Dhupi Danda and have lunch. After lunch, trek through the pine forest and overnight stay at Naya Jhorini in tented camp. Here no mountain view can be observed.

    Animals: Red Panda, Leopard, Naemorhedus, Deer
    Inhabitants: Gurung, Sherpa.
    Birds: Lophophorus, Hyblaea puera, Chilime
    Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum, Rhododendron anthopogon, different varieties of rhododendron, Phale bikh, Paris
    polyphylla Sm
  • Day 16Naya Jhorini to Cheram (3861 m)After breakfast uphill trek to Toramden and have luch. After lunch trek to Pinuwa reached Phedi and overnight stay in Cheram in tented camp. Walking trail follows the forest and riverside only (Simbu-Him Nadi)
    Animals: Red panda, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Wild Sheep (brown).
    Inhabitants: Sherpa
    Birds: Lophophorus, Himalayan bulbul, Streaked spider hunter, Vulture
    Trees & Herbs: Ekley Bir, Rhododendron anthopogon, different varieties of rhododendron, Rhododendron lepidotum Wall,
    Bush cinquefoil
  • Day 17Cheram to Ramje (4475 m)After breakfast trek uphill to Yalung/ Ramjer and visit Oktang, have a view of Limbu temple and finally move back to Ramjer where the glacier starts. Saty overnight in tented camp in Ramjer.
    Animals: Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Wild Sheep (brown)
    Inhabitants: Sherpa
    Birds: Lophophorus, Columba Leuconota
    Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum,Ekley Bir, Rhododendron anthopogon, different varieties of rhododendron, Kenjo,
    micapila, Allium wallichii
  • Day 18Ramje to Toramden (2950 m)After breakfast trek down to Yalung then to Cheram have lunch and trek down along the forest to Toramden. Overnight stay in tented camp in Toramden

    Animals: Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Wild Sheep (brown)
    Inhabitants: Sherpa
    Birds: Lophophorus
    Herbs: Aconitum palmatum, Rhododendron anthopogon, different varieties of rhododendron, Rhododendron
  • Day 19Toramden to Yamphudin (2050 m)Trek downhill via Naya Jhorini and have lunch. After lunch then trek to Yamphudin. Stay overnight in tented camp in Yamphudin.

    Animals: Musk Deer, Naemorhedus, Snow Leopard
    Inhabitants: Rai , Gurung, Sherpa.
    Birds: Lophophorus, hyblea puera, Eagle
    Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum, Swertia chirata
  • Day 20Yamphudin to Kheywang (1450 m)After breakfast, trek downhill via Ghanti Chinne Bhanjhyang then reach Ekachana Bhanjhyang. After lunch in Ekachana Bhanjhyang, trek to kabeli and over night at tented camp in Kheywang.
    Animals: Deer
    Inhabitants: Rai ,Gurung, Sherpa , Chhetri, Brahmin
    Birds: Kalij & dove
    Herbs: Swertia chirata
  • Day 21Kheywang to Hapukhola (1100 m) and Drive to IlamAfter breakfast, trek down via Sallery Danda, have lunch at Kabeli riverside and then trek down to Hapukhola, overnight stay in Ilam
  • Day 22Ilam to Bhadrapur and Fly back to KathmanduAt 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.
  • Day 23Departure from Nepal 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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