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Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek (19 days)

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Trip Code: NET-TR-KBC1

  • Trip Type Lodge or Camping
  • Duration 19 days
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Max.Altitude 5280m.
  • Min. Group Size 1
  • Travel Mode Land/Flight
Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek

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 code: NET-TR-KBC1
  Region Kanchenjunga Region Trekking
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 19 days
 Trip Type: Lodge or Camping
 Trip Grade: Strenuous
 Min. Group Size 1
 Max Altitude: 5280m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
 Transportation: Land/Flight
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Accommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu.
Lodge or Camping Accomodation during Trek


Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by our representative & transfer to your Hotel.
Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. 

After morning breakfast, our tour guide will escort you for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. You will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhu, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. 
Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

After morning breakfast take 45 minutes flight to Bhadrapur and take 10-11 hrs drive to Taplejung.
Stay overnight at hotel. 

Trek from Suketar to Lalikharka takes about 6-7 hours. You climb gradually along a rhododendron-covered ridge. The trail crosses the ridge and contours past the Deorali Khola and four more streams to a pass at 2570m. Descend through the forests to Lali Kharka.
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Trek from Lalikharka to Kade Bhanjyang takes about 6-7 hours. The trail goes through fields to the substantial Limbu village of Thembewa at 1880m. Now climb steeply to Kunjari, another Limbu village at 1700m. 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 several 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. Another 2 hrs will from here will reach you Kande Bhanjyang. 
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Begin with an easy climb through oaks and cardamom forests. You cross rice fields and villages and follow the bank of Amji river.
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The trail descends to enter into oak and cardamom forests. You will pass up several villages that are inhabited by Limbu ethnic community.
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Ahead of Yampghudinm, you will 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. It takes another 6-7 hrs to reach Throngtong. 
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Trek from Throngtong to Tseram takes approximately five hours. This morning, you follow the right bank of the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests.
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Trek from Tseram via Ramche (4580m.) to Oktung Base Camp. You proceed for a relatively short day's walk today. The scenery is magnificent as you ascend past the snout of the Oktung Base Camp 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. You will return to Ramche the same day. On the way, you see juniper jungle, yak herds and landslides. Ramche is occupied with few teashops and houses made of stones.
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While trekking this day, you follow Amji Khola crossing rhododendron forests.
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The trail ascends through a landslide area and past dense rhododendron forest. The trail will descend only after you reach Bhanjyang.
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Early morning wake up to continue the trail. The route follows Amji Khola crossing several Limbu settlements. Yamphudin is relatively a big town inhabited by mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus. 
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Today you will descend relatively to a lower altitude. The trail firstly goes through cardamom and oak forests before passing through numerous villages. You will be able to see farmers working in the fields. Most of the people here are harvest cardamoms.
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Descend through villages further from Kande Bhanjyang. Cross the river over suspension bridge and walk past Shimbu Village. Now the trail goes uphill to reach Lalikharka.
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This is last day of your trekking. The trail mostly follows concrete road occasionally taking short cut through rhododendron forests to save our time.
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Early morning drive (about 7am) drive from Taplejung towards Bhadrapur. The route follows the tea estates of Ilam, Fikkal and Kanyam with some great views of hills and mountains.
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Fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur in the morning. The flight lasts about 45 minutes.
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Depending upon our flight schedule, our staff  will see you off at Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. 


The price includes the following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Trekking permits
  • Entry permit for National Park/Conservation
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking Guides and Sherpas
  • Necessary porters (One porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) 
  • Camping or Lodge (Tea house) accomodation
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc. 
  • Cook and kitchen helpers 
  • Cooking fuel 
  • Camping charges
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Flight : Kathmandu - Biratnagar - Taplejung /Suketar
  • Flight : Biratnagar - Katmandu
  • Insurance and equipments for all trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day 
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

The price does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels.We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category of hotel you would like to stay in.



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