An amazing adventure that rewards you with unforgettable memories of Kanchenjunga region, the home to world’s third highest mountain!
Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek is an adventure to the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga through the less-frequented trails of eastern Nepal. Kanchenjunga (8586m) is world’s third highest peak and second highest peak of Nepal. It is located in the north-eastern part of Taplejung district. The Kanchenjunga trek traverses through the diverse landscape of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area amidst the subtropical lowlands and alpine forests with flora like rhododendrons, magnolia, orchids, and fauna like snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, red panda, and many other species. This incredible Kanchenjunga trek is a combination of tea house and camping trek with spectacular Himalayan views of many 8,000m peaks. The experience of South Base Camp is extraordinary as you will be surrounded by glaciers, lakes and mountain likes Kangbachen (7903m) and Yalung Kang (8505m) which are inside Nepal and Kangchenjunga main (8586m), Kangchenjunga central (8482m) and Kangchenjunga South (8476m) at the border of Nepal and India. This off the beaten trek in Nepal offers the unique cultural spectacle of Rai and Limbu people, the main ethnicities of the region.
CAMPING TREK PACKAGE:
Includes: Accommodation in tented camps, guide, porters and all meals during trekking
2 persons: USD 5470 per person on twin sharing
3-5 persons: USD 5170 per person on twin sharing
6-9 persons: USD 4885 per person on twin sharing
10-14 persons: USD 4625 per person on twin sharing
Single Room Supplement: USD 160 per Single Room (Compulsory if no one to share room)
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You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your trip activities. .
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Boudhanath- the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath- the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. At Patan Durbar Square, you will delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square. .
From Kathmandu you take a flight to lower land of Nepal, Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam, the heart of the tea plantation area of Nepal and stay overnight at Ilam..
After a night at Ilam, you will drive to Taplejung, yourKanchenjunga trek starting point. 5/6 hours of drive will bring you to Taplejung, Suketar. Taplejung is gateway to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. There is Pathibhara temple where many pilgrims go to pay homage to the Goddess. .
Today your trek begins and for the next three weeks you will be wandering in the places dominated by wilderness. The trail crosses the rhododendron-covered ridge and passes through DeoraliKhola and four more rivers to a pass. Descending through the forests to Lali Kharka, then continuing through fields, you reach to a Limbu village of Thembewa. After several descents for 6/7hours, you arrive at Kunjari, another Limbu village..
From here the trail passes through Bhanjyang, a Gurung settlement with several small huts. Then headed towards north just below the top of a ridge descends to the scattered village of Keswa. And you pass below waterfalls and landslides to PhunPhun. Then you descend steeply through rice terraces into a side canyon and cross a stream on a long suspension bridge. After several hours of walk you reach then to Mamankhe, a prosperous Limbu village..
Leaving behind the Limbu village,you take an easy walk to Yamphudin, a trail which is the hillside above the KabeliKhola. 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 covered beneath the ridge of the DeuraliDanda..
Beyond Yamphudinyou reach OmjeKhola. On the way there is a couple of bamboo poles and follow the KabeliKhola. Passing through fields of corn and barley to Darachuk, and climbing past meadows to DubiBhanjyang, a pass-through ferns and big trees, you reach OmjeKhola..
The trail makes a steep climb through bamboo to a Kharka. After a short descent, you climb to the trail that passes through a forest of pines and rhododendrons to a pond at LamiteBhanjyang. Then after the trail becomes pleasant. It passes through damp, orchid-filled forests, crossing waterfalls to reach Tortang..
This morning, you follow the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests. After 5/6 hours walk, you reach Tserma where you can see the great view of mountains ranges..
A relatively short day's walk today to your stopover 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 into Ramche which is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone..
Leaving your campsite, you cross Yalung Glacier to climb onto the hill. After the short distance beyond the Chorten you see the view of Mount Jannu. You must climb down the rough hills onto the Yalung Glacier. FollowingYalung Glacier, you get to YalungBase Camp..
After exploring the base camp,you go back to Ramche following Yalung Glacier. On the way, you see juniper jungle, yak herds, and landslides. Ramche is occupied with few teashops and houses made of stones..
While trekking, you can enjoy the views of different mountains. While trekking, you pass the junction with the trail to Mirgin La. The trail goes alongside the moraine of Yalung Glacier. Somewhere during the trek, you cross the rhododendron forests and landslides..
Your descent through a flat path following a thick jungle. At a certain point your trail begins to gently ascend. After a short walk, the trail starts to descend to OmjeKholawhere you stop for the night..
A steep descent from your campsite brings you to Yamphudin, Yamphudin is a big town inhabited by a mixed community of Buddhists and Hindus..
You descend to the KabeliKhola through the less dense forest and then ascend gradually to the TenguwaKhola. The trail is on cliffs high above the river to get to KabeliKhola, then Mamangkhe..
Leaving the Limbu village you cross several waterfalls, forest to reach Keswa which is a village inhabited by Limbu and Gurung, the ethnic groups of Nepal..
The trail is mixed with ascents and descents. As you leave the valley, you continue ascending along the ridge for about 6-7 hours to Taplejung village. You can wander around the village getting familiar with village life, cultural richness, and custom and village people. Thereafter, 2 hours of drive will bring you to Phidim where your Kanchenjunga trek concludes officially..
5/6 hours of drive bring youto Ilam. Ilam is famous for tea gardens. On the way to Ilam you can witness many tea farms. In Ilam you can get churpi, local tea grass and many local products..
After 3/4 hours of drive,you reach to Bhadrapur and then fly back to Kathmandu..
This is a contingency day in case of Bhadrapur flight delays. If you have free time, you can let go the strains of your trip. You can explore around the Heritage sites in the city, stroll down the streets of Thamel for local cultural experience, visit nearby monasteries, relax at a nearby spa centers or do some souvenir haunting in the local bazaar. .
Our Nepali support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. Or if you prefer to stay longer you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking, etc.- ask us...
This is a long trek that goes far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists, to remote areas of the country where the landscapes are wild and untamed and where the local inhabitants have seen little change in their way of life for centuries- untouched corners of an increasingly crowded planet. It is physically challenging, likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities, such as, climbing/ scrambling across high passes.
Camping trek (no lodge available)
Includes: Guide, Porters, Cook, All meals and tents
Camping trek means sleeping in tents. On a camping trek, the tents provided are ‘Two men dome’ or ‘A’ shaped. Foam mattress with insulation underneath is provided for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. If you wish, you can bring your own ‘Air pillow’.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection to this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website.
We provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain remarkably high standards of health over many years of trek organization - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.
During trek your main luggage will be carried by porters.You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kgs, excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.
We provide different options concerning leadership in order to match your requirements:
1) Western leader
2) Trained Nepali Trek leader (experienced and knowledgeable)
3) Sherpa Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek)
The Sherpa guide (commonly called Sirdar) will be accompanied by a crew of porters. On camping trek, there will be 2/3 porters for each members.
Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our ‘2008/09 departures’ link for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time).
If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want, when you want.
If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 3 & the maximum is 12 people.
All meals will be provided. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places).
Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 5 - 10% of the total tour cost as tips.
From Kathmandu, you take a 45 minutes flight to Biratnagar and then you take another short 30-40 minute flight from Biratnagar to Suketar. The starting point of the trek is Suketar. On your return, you shall fly from Suketar to Biratnagar. You can choose between flying or driving back from Biratnagar to Kathmandu. We will arrange the transportation from your hotel to the airport (Kathmandu).
While trekking you may not have an access to telephone facility for some days or weeks. However, en route there may be few places where telephone facilities may be available and likely to be working.
If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, EXPLORE HIMALAYA can provide you a mobile satellite phone (rental charge on request).
Trekking: You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack.
Comprehensive list of equipments will be provided once you book your trip or check CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST LINK.
It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bough or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu. Explore Himalaya owns a gear shop in Kathmandu selling and renting out climbing and trekking gears, both Nepali made and original.
Your typical day begins with a hot cup of tea brought to the tent at about 6 am, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing. After packing all your bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the morning’s walk. All you need to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain jacket and a warm jumper, just in case. The porters will carry the rest of your gear for you. After walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we arrive at camp in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the nearby villages, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at camp by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.
Dinner is usually served between 6 and 7 pm. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and talking with the crew, or perhaps even joining in some singing and dancing, before heading off to the tent for a well-earned sleep.
You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. You just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you with a garland.
The best seasons to trek in the Kanchenjunga region are Autumn (from mid-September till November end) and Spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher everyday. The nights are cold (between -10 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is not recommended; as the visibility during monsoon is limited, upper high passes are covered with snow during winter.
March, April, October and November are the most popular and favored months for traveling. Please choose the time that is convenient for you.
The majority of people in the Kanchenjunga region are the Tibeto-Mongoloid ‘Rais’ and ‘Limbus’, commonly known as Kirats. They highly dominate the region in the east of the Arun River and a few live elsewhere. It is believed that they came to Nepal from somewhere in the borders of Tibet and Burma. However, according to their own tradition, they believe to have come to Nepal from the north.
The Rais and Limbus are very peace loving people, shy and deeply religious. Their religion practices, language and clothing are similar to the people of middle hills and also similar to highland people like Sherpas and Chhettris. Limbu men wear a distinctive tall topi, a Nepalese cap that is much more colourful than the ones worn by other Nepalese. A noteworthy part of the Limbu culture is the drink tongba, made of fermented millet seeds and boiling water.
At the higher altitude of the northern part of Kanchenjunga region live the Sherpas, who came to Nepal from Tibet, more than four hundred years ago.
At the southern lower part of the Kanchenjunga region live other ethnic groups like Tibetans, Magars, Tamangs, Newars including the Brahmins and Chhettris.
Most of the people in this region are engaged in farming and livestock rearing. The other major means of livelihood here are cardamom farming and tourism.
The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary.
You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative depending on circumstances.
We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the air port or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph. So, please download form from the link below (visa form) and get ready while you are passing through the immigration Point.
Visa application form
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Tourist Visa Extension
* Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
* Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January - December).
As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio. The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. For your safety, we also carry the ‘Portable Altitude Chamber’ or ‘Gamow Bag’. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and to handle the low oxygen rate. For your service, we carry a medical kit with standard prescribed medicines along with a users’ manual which you can use upon your own risk. We do not take any medical liability since our staffs are not qualified to prescribe medicines. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude area before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly be of help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation.
Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Explore Himalaya, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible.
As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strew with litter. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.
In addition to your trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet, India or Bhutan, whichever appeals more to you.
Explore Himalaya works with the motto ‘Development through Tourism’. Keeping in line with this motto, Explore Himalaya Community Service Project (EHCSP) was conceived to empower underprivileged, marginalized, poor and minority segments of Nepal.
Since its inception, EHCSP has been incessantly facilitating and advocating for school education, health, community development, forest conservation, agriculture, culture preservation and fund raising. Explore Himalaya encourages its clients to contribute for the development of Nepal.
We ensure that all the porters and other staffs going into high altitude conditions are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. We are the first ever company to supply high-altitude porters with crampons.
We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG - www.ippg.net).
1) It is a fundamental condition that you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken as a guideline only. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall be responsible for providing suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Explore Himalaya shall be only responsible for refund after deducting expenses already incurred.
2) Your booking will be confirmed by email once we have received the deposit of USD 500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract.
The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 month prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.
3) If you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:
2 months before departure loss of deposit (US$ 500)
29 days to 2 months before departure 30% of total trip cost
10 to 28 days before departure 60% of total trip cost
less than 10 days before departure 100% of total trip cost
If you still have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can e-mail us at email@example.com or contact us directly by phone: 977-1-4418100.
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We work with the motto "Tourism for Development". Explore Himalaya Community Service Project was conceived to empower underprivileged segments of Nepal.