Kanchenjunga South Base Camp

In 1979 British Mountaineer Pete Boardman stated that the walk to the base of Kanchenjunga was the most beautiful he had ever undertaken. He said, "It is a strong contender for the most beautiful walk in the world.” Although the meaning of Kang-Chen-Zod-nga” is "Five Great Treasuries of the Snow" However, Kanchenjunga massif boats seven major summits. Kanchenjunga is considered sacred and worshiped by the local and mountaineers do not to stand on the actual summit to honor the tradition. Kanchenjunga lies on the eastern border of Nepal and India presenting unbelievable scenery, divergence in vegetation, the taste of remoteness, and high spirit of Adventure. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the remotest treks in Nepal, it is considered ideal trekking route in eastern Nepal. Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest peak with the altitude of 8400m which was opened for trekkers in 1998. This trek is rather long and requires an abundance of time and sense of adventure. Kanchenjunga trek is a natural haven for those who seek diversity in flora and fauna besides the flabbergasting sceneries of the mountain. This is the longest trek in Nepal that provides the opportunity to view cardamom farming in the lowest altitude to a panoramic view of the mountain view of the mountains and Yalung glacier at the higher altitude. Besides the Terrific Kanchenjunga; Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Kiratchuli, Mt. Nepal Peak, Pathibhara Himal and Chang Himal, will accompany during the trek. This trek in Nepal provides the opportunity to view cardamom farming in the lowest altitude to a panoramic view of the mountains with Yalung glacier at its higher altitude.
Trip Code: KSBC22
Starts: Suketar
Finishes: Suketar
Duration: 23 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Feb-Apr,Oct-Dec
Elevation: 4663m/ 15298.6ft
Trip Views: 657
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 19
Lunch: 17
Dinner: 17
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Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Teahouse: 15 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 2 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 1 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain.
  • This trekking route is also known as 'Yalung Base Camp'.
  • It is called Five Treasures of Snow after its five high peaks. The treasures represent the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, food grain, and religious texts.
  • The area around Kangchenjunga is said to be home to the “Kangchenjunga Demon”, a type of yeti or rakshasa.
  • Kanchenjunga lies near 125 kilometers (78 miles) east-southeast of Mount Everest.
  • Kanchenjunga is second least climbed mountain out of 14 highest mountains in the world.
  • Until 1852, Kanchenjunga was considered the highest mountain in the world.
  • Kangchenjunga was first climbed on 25 May 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of a British expedition.
  • Spring and Autumn is the best season to visit Kanchenjunga.

Why this Trip

  • This beautiful, stunning and off the beaten trek leads you towards the base camp of the world third highest peaks, Mt Kanchenjunga. Also, you get an opportunity to views the world highest mountain Mt. Everest with the side view of Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu during this trek.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    One of our representatives will be waiting with a placard-carrying your name at the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu;

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pickup
    • Cultural show
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    After breakfast, Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhists cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. Throughout the day, most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu will be observed. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Bhaktapur tour
    • Delicious Momo
    • Boudhanath Stupa
    • Monkey Temple tour

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Food and wine tour(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : FLY TO BHADRAPUR, DRIVE TO SUKETAR (2420M)
    Early in the morning, a drive to Tribhuvan International airport (in a private car) for a flight Bhadrapur will be arranged. It takes 45 minutes to reach Bhadrapur. On reaching Bhadrapur we drive to Suketar enjoying the scenic view on the way. Overnight stay at Suketar;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Flight to Bhadrapur
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO LALI KHARKA (2265M)
    Our journey to Kanchenjunga from south starts with the trek to LaliKharka which takes about 3 hours to reach there. Passing through rich pastures and beautiful Limbu settlements our trail winds down to tropical forests, and then crossing the dirt roads several times we reach LaliKharka. Overnight at Lalikharka;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Flight to Suketar
  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO KHESEWA (2120M)
    After breakfast, we head towards Khesewa. Walking down the easy trail through millet and rice fields, crossing the suspension bridge over Phawa Khola, we reach a small Gurung settlement called Sinchebu Bhanjyang. From here we climb up steadily and reach Phumphe Danda followed by another ascent to Khesewa where the very first sight of Kanchenjunga welcomes you. Overnight at Khesewa;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO MAMANKHE (1785M)
    After breakfast, we continue our trek following the trail along Nandeva river past dense forest and the village of Loppoding reaching Kabeli river. Advancing on the trail we head towards the village of Anpan and ascend towards Ponpe Dhara. After a couple of hours of trek from Ponpe, we reach Mamankhe. Overnight at Mamankhe;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO YAMPHUDIN (2080M)
    Trek to Yamphudin is short compared to other days of the trek. Crossing the Tenguwa Khola, walking through terraced farms and small villages with few tea houses we reach Yamphudin where we can observe the mixed class community of Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung. Overnight at Yamphudin;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : TREK TO LASIYA BHANJYANG (3310M, 7-8HRS)
    Today we ascend towards the Lasiya Bhanjyang from Yamphudin. As walking through the dense forest, watching the different flora and fauna, Omje Khola Valley and Deorali Danda we reach our destination.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Trekking
  • placeDAY 9 : TREK TO TSERAM (3870M, 6-7HRS)
    After breakfast we move towards the Tseram from Torontan which takes about 5 hours. Along the path we pass through the pine and rhododendron forests, beautiful Lupung valley, pristine Tuplung peak and magnificent Yalung glacier. Overnight at Tseram;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO RAMCHE (4580M, 5-6HRS)
    After breakfast we head towards our today’s destination Ramche from Tseram. Ascending some Mani walls along the moraine to a lake and a big meadow, we reach Ramche. Overnight at Ramche;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trekking
  • placeDAY 11 : EXPLORATION
    Leaving our camp at Ramche, we take a packed lunch and set off very early for our first close encounter with Kanchenjunga. Following the valley around its sweeping curve, we come across the vast southern wall of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Along this ridge lie the three main summits of Mt. Kanchenjunga at 8,420m, 8,586m, and 8,474m. These three summits overhang into the sky presents a really grand sight. Overnight at Ramche;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : TREK TO YALUNG BASE CAMP (4500M, 4-5HRS), TREK BACK TO RAMCHAUR (3HRS)
    From Ramche, we walk further up the valley following a stream before climbing the moraine until we reach Kanchenjunga’s southern face. Advancing on the trail alongside the glimpse of the JannuHimal, we continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. Enjoying the magnificent sights of Kumbakarna (Jannu), NyuklaLachung and other Himalayan peaks up close, we descend and spend the night at Ramchaur.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : TREK TO GHUNSA (3427M, 7-8HRS)
    Wefurther descend to Lamba Sumba Kharka from Ramchaur witnessing the magnificent view of south-west face of Mt. Jannuon the way. The trail leads to Ghunsa, a Tibetan village with a Gompa and prayer flags. We spend our day observing theculture and tradition of the village. Overnight stay at Ghunsa;

    Meal:

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : TREK TO KYAPRA (2730M, 5-6HRS)
    After breakfast, we head downhill trudging through the mixed forest laden with trees of rhododendrons, conifer, birch and oak to Kyapra. After 5 hours trek from Ghunsa through the forests we reach Kyapra. Overnight at Kyapra;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : TREK TO SUKETHUM (1600M, 7-8HRS)
    After breakfast we continue our trek. It takes about 5 to 6 hours to reach Sukethum. Moving towards the Sukethum tracing the zigzag route for the couple of hours we reach Amjilasa. From Amjilasa, through the long steep road crossing Gunsakhola, we finally reach Sukethum. Overnight at Sukethum;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : TREK TO CHIRWA (1270M, 6-7HRS)
    Today, after breakfast we descend to Chirwa. Trek to Chirwa from Sukethum is the easiest in the entire trek. Following the easy route, our trail passes through several villages, crosses ThunsaKhola followed by TamorNadi before reaching Chirwa. Overnight at Chirwa;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 17 : TREK TO PHURUMBA (1542M, 5-6HRS)
    Early in the morning after breakfast, we leave for Phurumba. As we advance towards the trail downhill, settlement starts to get thicker donning lush vegetation. Passing through several villages we reach Sinwa, continuing our descent we cross the Sisne Khola and reach the Pathibhara Trek trail. We transcend another village walking across suspension bridge over the Yaphre Khola to reach Phurumba. Overnight at Phurumba;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 18 : TREK TO SUKETAR (2420M, 6-7HRS)
    Today our Kanchenjunga south base camp trek ends after reaching Suketar. We rest for a while and continue our walk on the Pathibhara Trek trail until we reach Suketar. Overnight at Suketar;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 19 : DRIVE TO BHADRAPUR (5HRS)
    Leaving Suketar, we take 4-5 hours drive to Bhadrapur enjoying the scenic view on the way. On reaching Bhadrapur you can either rest or take a stroll around the city. Overnight at Bhadrapur;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 20 : FLY TO KATHMANDU
    After about 25 minutes of flight time, we land in Kathmandu and be driven back to the hotel. Rest of the day is for relaxing after the strenuous trek or sightseeing around Kathmandu city.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 21 : FREE DAY AT KATHMANDU
    A free day at Kathmandu can be either be spent sight-seeing, evening ceremony of chanting at Pashupatinath or opting for a relaxing massage, buying souvenirs, exploring the city outskirts, trying local foods etc.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Spa and Trekkers' Massage
    • Sight visit to Pashupatinath
    • Yoga retreat(Optional)
  • placeDAY 22 : DEPARTURE
    Depending on the flight time Swotah will arrange the transfer to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time. Our representative will meet at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport drop
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Souvenir
    • farewell lunch
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle.
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast.
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with ticket fees.
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need).
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • Authorized English-speaking guide along with required Porters for the trek.
    • Equipment clothing for porters including their insurance.
    • All applicable government tax.
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation.
    • All necessary paperwork.
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Map of Kanchenjunga south base camp.
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek.
    • Sim card service.
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
    • Photos and videoes of the trip.
    • Certificate of appreciation.
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).

     



FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Can I do solo trek ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety in remote mountainous lands.
  • 6. Is Travelling in Kanchenjunga safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can boast as one of the safest country in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful towards foreigners especially towards women. Kanchenjunga Base Camp is one of the most visited areas by the tourists so the service providers are professional and local people are respectful with welcoming hospitality towards the trekkers.
  • 7. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Kanchenjunga Base Camp is the remotest trek in Nepal but still provides wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek. As you trek higher, you should avoid meat for health purpose as it is not good to eat meat in higher altitude and also the meat is not very fresh.
  • 9. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    .We use private car/jeep/van depending on the size of the group for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Biratnagar on domestic flight.
  • 11. What is the best season for trekking in Kanchenjunga ?
    Kanchenjunga Base Camp can be trekked all year around excluding monsoon season and winters. February to May and Mid-September to November are the best time to do this trek. In winter, it is difficult to trek in snow and harsh weather.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance for about 5500 meters. In case of emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us ASAP so that we can manage for the rescue. You then will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal innerwear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village, try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 15. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 15. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking in Annapurna you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 21. How many hours do I trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because number of hours of walk really depend on clients' speed. So it's really relative.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 23. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu.
  • 24. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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Taking a mountain flight is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Nepal. You can experience the beauty of those gigantic Himalayas within a minute through a mountain fight. Nepal is famous for the presence of an enormous number of mountain ranges and many visitors come to Nepal to conquer those vast mountains.

Mountain Biking near Kathmandu valley

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Kathmandu is famous for the presence of dense heritage sites reflecting the diverse nature of the ethnic groups of Nepal. In Kathmandu, there are many biking trails made to meet a biker’s fantasy. To explore the beautiful surrounding of Kathmandu valley, the cycling tour is the best option. The trail takes you to observe the spectacular views of the Himalayas and local villages that surround Kathmandu valley.

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The cable car is one of the modes of transportation in Nepal which is unique. There are only two cable car stations in Nepal. From the cable car, you can take a glance at the amazing view of Annapurna range, Mt. Manaslu and many other snows capped mountains. Throughout the cable tour, you get to see all those beautiful hills, villages and Trishuli River.

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