Kanchenjunga Trekking

Trekking Kangchenjunga’s South Base Camp – 20 Days… 

This is one of those rumble tumble journeys through wild high-altitude wilderness, visiting Kangchenjunga’s south base camps at the foothills of the 3rd highest mountain in the world…if life is a challenging adventure, then this is one you must do…it’s a venture you will enjoy…

This is an enthralling and adventurous trekking paradise, home to a range of mountains including that of Mt. Kangchenjunga (8,586m), the world’s third highest and the second highest mountain in Nepal.

Physically, Kangchenjunga is a massive mountain soaked in snow & placed between Nepal & Sikkim border {India} at 8,586m; Kangchenjunga is the world’s third highest mountain, standing tall in the far north eastern corner of Nepal. The region remains relatively isolated & tough to visit and trekkers heading hereabouts are few. This is a harsh trek, which wades deep into the heart of the Himalaya and goes through pretty mountain villages that appear to be the same they were since the British Explorer Douglas Freshfield came here in 1899 on his expedition that circumnavigated the massif. Our journey takes us to the south base camps and we cross the Mirgin La at (4,550m) to the south west of Kangchenjunga.

Our trip starts after a flight to Taplejung & we enter the true rustic Nepal. There is an outstanding dissimilarity in scenery as we go further down the trail, from the culturally interesting Rai and Limbu villages, through rhododendron forest, to impressive 7,000m plus giants such as Jannu and Kangchenjunga. This trek visits the southern base camp first, assisting acclimatisation, before crossing the Mirgin La and Sinion La to the finale at Pang Pema, 5,030m/16,500ft. The lovely views from both north and south base camps offer divine rewards for the arduous routes we undertake when trekking up to 5,000m. Amidst many of the highest mountains in the world, this is an unbelievably diverse trek with some of the most gorgeous Himalayan scenery in Nepal. Nepal Great Himalaya Treks will show you Kangchenjunga’s south base in a special way…



Trip duration: 20 Days

Grade: Strenuous Trek

Activity: Sightseeing and trekking

Starts in: Kathmandu

Ends in: Kathmandu

Trek type: FOT (Fully Organized Trek or Camping Trek)

Accommodation: Hotel & camping

Transportation: Flights & private car

Maximum altitude: 4363m

Details Itinerary


Day 01: Fly to Taplejung (2320meters) trek to Phurumbu (2276meters) 3 hours.

Our trip begins with a half hour flight to Taplejung at Suketar Airport in the teeming eastern region of Nepal. The porters and crew will be waiting for our arrival. After landing we take an early lunch, while the crew arranges sorts out & arranges our gear. In the afternoon we start with an easy 2 to 3 hours walk along the ridge line to Lali Kharka, a grazing area. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 02: Trek to Khesewa (2120meters). 5 hours

After traversing the hillside a short way, we descend to the village of Pakora along the Phawa Khola, crossing a suspension bridge before beginning the steep climb up towards Kunjuri. Lunch will be taken somewhere below Kunjuri. The afternoon's walk takes us on a short distance over the crest of the ridge to our campsite at Khesewa. We get our first views of Kangchenjunga, and should be able to clearly make out the south and main summit along with Yalung Kang. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 03: Trek to Mamanke (1920meters). 5 hours.

Today the route covers steep hillsides through terraced fields high above the Kabeli Khola. There are some ups and downs crossing side valleys but there are many shady spots to rest. After lunch, we pass the village of Anpan, before descending to cross the Kashawa Khola and finally, we climb again through terraced fields to the village of Mamankhe. O/N at camp B.L.D

Day 04: Trek to Yamphudin (2080meters) 6 hours.

Today the walks start with an easy climb to Yamphudin along a track which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. The path has several ups and downs as we cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides. Generally the route is flat and the river eventually becomes level with the trail, a couple of hours before Yamphudin. At last we can stop to bathe in one of the clear pools within this beautiful river. It is truly an idyllic spot. After lunch by the river we complete the day's walk to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last village we will see until we reach Ghunsa. It is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of Deurali Danda that we must cross next. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 05: Trek to Chitre (2965meters) 5 hours.

Beyond Yamphudin the trail ascends a steep spur, a gentle introduction for what will come. Leaving villages behind us, we trek through pleasant forest, stopping for lunch in a meadow capturing fine views of the north and south. A steep descend to the river get us across an interesting bridge at the Omje Khola to our campsite in Chitre. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 06: Trek to Torantan (3010meters) 6 hours.

We start our day with 3 hours of steep ascent to the crest of the Deurali Danda in dense forest most of the way. From the 3230meters pass we see Jannu, definitely closer! We descend across some steep and exposed areas before entering the forest again. The sharp descent through beautiful forest continues down into the valley of the Simjua Khola. Across the 'interesting' wooden bridge is Torantan, a camping place with numerous rock shelters amid towering conifers. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 07: Trek to Tseram (3870meters) 6 hours.

Today we follow the river through more beautiful forest, the conifers giving way to the rhododendron forest. The valley climbs fairly steeply, with the day progressing, the trees become more stunted and scattered, giving us glimpses of the snowcapped giants ahead and the massive snout of Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peak start to peep over the moraine. Camping at Tseram, a grazing area, the night temperatures will remind us that we are reaching the higher elevations of the trek. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 08: Trek to Ramche (4580meters) 4 hours.

As we venture out today, it’s a shorter day's walk up the final 600 meters to Ramche where the trail to Kangchenjunga South turns pretty dangerous. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past the snout of Yalung Glaciers into a series of ablation valleys, which gives easy walking and good camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this stroll. Expect to feel the altitude today. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 09: Explore around Ramche (4580m) and trek to Oktang (4730meters) 5 hours.

Today is our first close encounter with Kangchenjunga. We follow the valley round to see the stunning south face of Kangchenjunga and Jannu. We get across the Yalung Ri Glacier and continue by a sweeping curve, at Oktang, 4730meters, suddenly we are confronted with the southern wall of the mountain. This vast ridge forms a cirque over 15 km long, nowhere less than 7500meters high and with three main summits of Kangchenjunga at 8420meters, 8586meters, and 8474meters! It is a breathtaking mountain panorama and especially impressive is Jannu while observing the glaciers flowing from its east face. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 10: Trek to Sallerle over the Mirgin La (4480meters) 6 hours.

We trek down the valley, passing the turn off to the high and challenging Labsang La route to Ghunsa and the north side of Kangchenjunga. This pass is rough and dangerous, especially for porters so we take the more southern set of passes, beginning with the Mirgin La. After an initial steep climb and several false summits we reach Mirgin La. Apart from the magnificent Jannu, on the horizon are Makalu, Gyakung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Chamalang. To the south it is possible to see down to the Terai, a panorama worth the effort. Our campsite will be beyond the pass, after 6 to 7 hours tough walking. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 11: Trek to Ghunsa (3475meters) 5 hours.

Although there four more passes, there is little descent between them, so in effect it is a high scenic area. After lunch the descent brings us to Lamba Sumba Kharka, where there are more views of the awesome Southwest Face of Jannu. From Kharka the going is easy again down a pleasant forested trail to the village of Ghunsa, where we camp in the village. Ghunsa is a picturesque Tibetan village; prayer flags flutter from the wooden houses and there are two monasteries, a welcome sight after the many days of hiking in the wilderness. One of the local specialties’ is 'Tongba', a curious alcoholic drink. A jug or large bamboo cup is filled with fermented millet seed and boiling water pored over. The flavored alcohol seeps though and you drink it with a special straw; you might need a drink after the tough 4 to 6 hour walk & this drink is pretty healthy too. O/N at camp B.L.D

Day 12: Trek to Kampuchean (4040meters) 6 hours.

Gradually, the trail ascends to south of the Ghunsa Khola and crossing flood plains while emerging on a pasture situated at the north side of the river. This is a steep climb to a slope from where it crosses a slide and then descends to Lakepo. A short climb from here brings us to the village of Kampuchean at 4040meters. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 13: Trek to Lhonak (4790meters) 6 hours.

The main Kangchenjunga peak is only visible from Pang Pema, which is the base camp for expeditions on Kangchenjunga. From Lhonak, the trail gradually ascends across the plain but soon gets steeper as it follows the moraine. Pang Pema is at a height of 5140 meters. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 14: Explore around Kangchenjunga Base Camp (5100 meters) 5 hours.

Today, those who would like to take a morning hike up a ridge north of Pang Pema could do so if they wish to; a climb of 200 or 300 meters provides a great vantage point with views of Kangchenjunga, Wedge Peak, the Twins and Tent Peak. As usual, the descent goes faster and you can reach Kampuchean the same day. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa 6 hours.

As we plod on, there are more descents thru magnificent sections of forest as long as we make it to Amjilosa tomorrow. From Ghunsa an hour down we pass through Phole, a village in two parts. The upper section houses Tibetan refugees who are well established, the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Further down is Yangswa, a great and warm camp. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 16: Trek to Sakathum (1600meters) 5 hours.

Down, down and down it is today! After a short climb we begin the steep descent that will take most of the day. We reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Kholas. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 17: Trek to Chiruwa (1200 meters) 5 hours.

We cross the Simbu Khola, which originates from Kangchenjunga's south base camp, the Khola that we followed up from Torontan. It is pleasantly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. Crossing numerous small tributary streams we reach Chirwa and Phurumbu (1700m), a village set among large boulders. We camp in a field out of the village. This is an easier day. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 18: Trek to Suketar (2420meters) 5 hours.

Traversing in and out of minor valleys, we pass through a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, reaching around late afternoon. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D and overnight in tented camps

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited gives you an opportunity to view these lovely mountains one last time on the 35 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at tented camp B.L.D

Day 20: Kathmandu Departure for the green grass of home

Today is free to relax and do your own things; perhaps some last minute shopping or pen a few post cards to the loved ones at home, until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Meeting you has been a wonderful experience that Nepal Great Himalaya Treks will cherish for a long, long time; & on your way home, you’ll be thinking of a trip that will linger in your memories for a whole lifetime which we are sure will become fireside stories to be told to your loved ones on a cold winter night for the generations to come. Sayonara friends, till we meet again one day…

Meals included: 1 breakfast.

Please Note:

This itinerary is only a guideline pattern which we can offer; this is a potentially difficult climb under rigid conditions that will test your patience to the limits; a trekking tour of this type is prone to unpredictable calamities related to mountain weather, local politics, and transportation etc, which will be beyond Nepal Nomad’s control in the event of any unseen circumstances which may occur and as a result, this may require a change in your itinerary. However, it is very unlikely that such circumstances may occur but our effort is to minimize its effect, and Nepal Nomad will not be responsible for any situation developing in delays or changes to your program. In the event of any changes, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group.

Cost Include

Cost Include

Pick up and drop Airport-Hotel-Airport in Kathmandu by private vehicle.

2 Night Hotel in Kathmandu same like 3Star, If you like to stay 5Star you need to do confirm before Arrival. Flight ticket from Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Suketar- Kathmandu.

3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek.

Accommodation of Lodges,Guesthouses, tented camp in Twin Sharing Basis during the trek.

Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee).

TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System).

Necessary staff during the trekking period With Experience Guide and Porters.

20 Kg Luggage free Per Person during the trekking (with porter).

Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment for all trekking staffs.

Group medical supplies(First Aid kit).

All hotel accommodation with BB Plan in Kathmandu.

Farewell Dinner before departure.

Our service charges.

Cost does not include

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.

Alcoholic beverages, personal nature expenses, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internets.

Emergency rescue evacuation if required such as personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.

Extra luggage and personal trekking gears.

Extra porter cost US$25 per person per days per 20Kg.

International flight tickets, date change or re-issue   if required.

 Nepal visa fee, Visa issuance is easy upon arrival.

Tips, gifts For Guide and porters.

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