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Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek is a highly adventurous trek that takes you through some of the most rugged mountainous terrain on earth to the foot of Kangchenjunga (8586m), a huge massif situated in the far northeast corner of Nepal on the borders of Sikkim and Tibet. The trails take you across contrasting sceneries that vary from the subtropical lowlands to stunning glacial plateaus at real high altitudes that pour into pristine valleys and beautiful Rhododendron forests.
Kanchenjunga in Limbu language literally means “Five treasures of the Snow”. The tranquil villages on the borders of Sikkim and Tibet add other dimensions to this highly adventurous trek.
Your journey to this area starts from the tropical lowlands which gives way to great rhododendron forests and lovely villages of east Nepal. It is one of the most remote and least visited areas. The trails climb from 1200 meters (4,000ft) to 5180 meters (17,094 ft) above sea level. This is a purely camping trek where one gets to see and interact with various cultures, societies and the nature of the place along which one treads.
|Trip Duration||17 days|
|Trip Type:||Lodge or Camping|
|Min. Group Size||1|
|Best Season:||Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
|Meals:||3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)|
|Acommodation:||2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu.
Lodge or Camping Accomodation during Trek
Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and fly from Biratnagar to Taplejung /Suketar (2300m). This morning you fly to Biratnagar in the eastern Terai. It is Nepal's second largest city and an energetic, bustling place. After landing, you take a little time for refreshments and for the porters to prepare their loads before beginning your walk along the ridge line above Taplejung village. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Kunjari to Mamangkhe (1920m) takes about seven hours. From here the trail makes a long looping traverse to Bhanjyang, a Gurung settlement with several bhattis, on a pass at 2120m. Now you head north just below the top of a ridge descending to the scattered village of Keswa at 1960m. You pass below waterfalls crossing severeal streams and landslide to Phun Phun. You descend through a series of side valleys to shops on a ridge at 1850m, then descend steeply through rice terraces into a side canyon, cross a stream on a long suspension bridge at 1540 m, then climb to Mamankhe, a prosperous Limbu village. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Mamangkhe to Yamphudin (2080m.) takes approximately five hours. Beginning with an easy climb, the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail, which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. You cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides and the trail eventually becomes level with the river a couple of hours before Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last habitation you will see until you reach Gunsa. It is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of the Deorali Danda, which you must cross next. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Yamphudin to Omje khola (2460m) takes about six hours. Cross the Omje Khola on a couple of bamboo poles and follow the Kabeli Khola upstream for a short distance, ignoring the suspension bridge. Zigzag up through fields of corn and barley to Darachuk, and keep climbing past meadows to Dubi Bhanjyang, a pass at 2540m. Descend through ferns and big trees to the Omje Khola at 2340m. and follow the stream uphill for a short distance. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Amjekhola to Torontan (2890m.) takes approximately five and half hours. From the stream, the trail makes a steep climb through bamboo to a kharka at Chitre (2920m.). After a short descent, the ascent to a clearing is less strenuous and then the trail passes through a forest of pines and rhododendrons to a pond at Lamite Bhanjyang, 3410m elevation. Once the initial steep descent is over, the trail becomes gentler. It passes through damp, orchid-filled forests, crossing streams and isolated clearings used by herders and woodcutters. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Toronde to Tserma (3870m.) takes approximately five hours. This morning, you follow the right bank of the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Tserma to Ramche (4580m.) takes approximately six hours. You proceed for a relatively short day's walk today to your next camp at Ramche. The scenery is magnificent as you ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a series of ablation valleys. A frozen lake, crystal clear streams and views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this walk. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Ramche to Yalung B.c.(5400m) takes about six and half hours. While trekking this day, you cross long distance moraines and follow Yalung Glacier to climb onto the moraine. A short distance beyond the chorten is view of Mount Jannu. You must climb down the rough moraine onto the Yalung Glacier. Following Yalung Glacier, you get to the Yalung Base Camp. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Ramche to Toronde (2890m) takes about six and half hours. While trekking, you can enjoy the views of different mountains. While trekking, you pass the junction with the trail to Mirgin La is nearby. The trail goes alongside the moraine of Yalung Glacier. Somewhere during the trek, you cross the rhododendron forests and landslides. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Toronde to Amjekhola (2460m.) takes about six and half hours. Normally, you trek through flat path following thick jungle. At a certain point of jungle, your trail begins to gently ascend. After a short distance, the trail starts to descend to Amjikhola. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Amjekhola to Yamphudin (2080m.) takes about four and half hours. Your trek is in descent way through jungle. You cross suspension bridge to reach Yamphudin. Yamphudin is relatively a big town inhabited by mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Yamphudin to Mamangkhe takes about five and half hours. You descend to west side of the Kabeli Khola through the less dense forest. Now you ascend gradually to the Tenguwa Khola. Parts of the trail are on cliffs high above the riverto get to Kabeli Khola at 1640m. Mamankhe is a prosperous Limbu village. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Mamangkhe to Keswa (2120m.) takes about seven hours. The first part of your trek is ascent through the rice terraced into a side cannon, cross a stream on a long suspension bridge at 1540m. Then go up a bit to Phonpe village at 1780m. You head generally downwards through forest past a large waterfall. Normally you cross several waterfalls, streams and a landslide to reach Phun Phun. Finally you get to Keswa which is village inhabited by Limbu and Gurung, the ethnic groups of Nepal. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Keswa to Suketar (2300m.) takes about seven hours. The trail is mixed with ascents and descents. You cross streams at several places. You have to cross Pokara village to a suspension bridge across the Phawa Khola at 1430m.You descend steeply at Kunjari, a Limbu village at 1700m. The trail now makes a long, looping traverse to Bhanjyang, a Gurung settlement with several Bhatti, on a pass at 2120m. Now the trail enters the Kabeli Khola valley. For some part, you gradually climb down along the rhododendron covered ridge and cross the Deurali Khola with four more streams to a pass at 2570m. Ascend through forest to Lali Kharka. Suketar is a village above the Taplejung. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Fly from Biratnagar to Katmandu via Suketar.
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