Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek
The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek offers spectacular views of great snow-capped mountain peaks and variety of landscape from subtropical lowlands to rhododendron and alpine forests, and magnificent glaciers. The area is protected under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area project and World Wild Life Fund (WWF) is funding for the preservation of endanger animals. You get to see an abundant variety of wildlife including the elusive snow leopard, the Asian black bear, and red panda and many more. Bird lovers may get the chance to see the golden-breasted fulvetta, snow cock and blood pheasant, among others. You will be exploring the Yalung Glacier and the south side of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Climbing slowly along the valleys the trail ascends through pristine forests, crop fields, and tranquil villages to the base camp situated at Ramche at 4610m. This trek requires a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience to ensure enjoyment of this challenging, yet beautiful trek in this remote eastern corner of Nepal.
The base camp itself is situated at Ramche (4610m), which is reached by following the trail through the Yalung Glacier, stopping a while at the viewpoint for Kabru, and Rathong peaks, which are part of the ridge that extends south from Kanchenjunga. In fact Kabru is the southern-most 7,000m peak in the world. From Ramche it is possible to hike to a ridge that offers views of the magnificent Kanchenjunga South Face and, a little ahead, views of the south face of Mount Janu, Nyukla Lanchung and other awe-inspiring Himalayan peaks can also be seen from here. For those with good fitness and experience, a desire to see the third highest mountain in the world after Everest and K2, and an interest in nature, this is an inspiring trek
MealsAll meals during the trek
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Arrive Kathmandu in the morning while we work on permits and documentation. Pickup and transfer to Hotel . In Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Bhadrapur in the morning.
The flight offers spectacular view of views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. Upon arrival in Bhadrapur airport, pickup and drive to Tapelung. It is a long drive about 8 to 9 hours. Overnight in Taplejung (2420m).
Day 03: Trek to Lalikharka (2265m) - 6 hours walk.
You walk through terraced fields and forest, passing local teashop and lodges.
Day 04: Trek to Khesewa (2120m) - 6 hours walk.
Nice views of the Himalayas where you are heading towards over the next few days. Similar to the previous day walk,
Day 05: Trek to Mamangkhe (1785m) - 6 hours walk.
Mamangkhe is the heart of the Limbu cultural region. There is a museum and cultural center in Mamangkhe. Also the Rai and Kirat ethnics groups live in Mamangkhe. Some people just trek up to Mamangkhe and then return.
Day 06: Trek to to Yamphuding (2080m) - 6 hours walk.
Yamphuding the biggest village in south side of Kanchenjunga. We spend a rest day here.
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Yamphuding.
Acclimatization day at Yamphuding, which helps with acclimatizing. There are no higher side trips so just explore the village and get to know the locals.
Day 08: Trek to Tortong (2995m) - 7 hours walk.
The trail is mostly up, and passes through yak pastures and dense forest in some parts.
Day 09: Trek to Cheram (3810m) - 5 hours walk.
A short day with nice views of a mix of forest and mountains.
Day 10: Trek to Ramche (4580m) - 3/4 hours walk.
Lunch in Ramche, then you can hike another 2 hrs toward the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Overnight in Ramche, here accommodation is basic.
Day 11: Retrace trail to Totong. 7 hours walk.
This will be pretty easy walk, mostly descending where you may meet trekkers on their way up to Ramche. You then climb towards the pass at Cheram before Torongding.
Day 12: Retrace trail to Yamphuding, 7 hours walk.
A little tough with frequent accents and descents. Yamphuding is the biggest village on the south side of Kanchenjunga.
Day 13: Trek to Khebang - 6 hours walk
A low hill trek, passing through unspoiled local villages and terrace fields. This is a rarely used trail. Locals do not have a lot of contact with trekkers and are very friendly and curious. Homestay is available in Khebang. Very worth visiting.
Day 14: Trek to Kamdime - 7 hours walk.
There is a regional school in Kamdime, with a playground. The local tea house is next door.
Day 15: Drive to Birtamod, approximately 9 hours' drive. Overnight at Local Hotel in Birtamod.
Day 16: Drive to Bhadrapur airport for about 40 minutes. Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. In Kathamndu.
Day 17: Free time until departure, transfer to airport. Depart Kathmandu
01. All meals and standard accommodation in lodge/homestays during the trek
02. Service of trek guide and Sharpe assistant for bigger group above 6 person
03. Porters to carry personal baggage (please allow each 15 kg as your baggage.)
04. Accident insurance for staffs and porters
05. Kathmandu / Bhadrapur/Kathmandu flight tickets
06. Jeep transfer from Bhadrapur to Taplejung
07. Jeep transfer from Kamdime to Birtamod
08. Kanchanjunga Trek permit, Conservation area entrance permit
09. Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
08. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu using centrally located 2 star Hotel on double share basis for 2 nights on Bed and breakfast basis
Cost does not include:
01. Personal clothing, sleeping bag, crampons, etc
02. Personal accident and health insurance
03. Emergency evacuation and medical expense
04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips
05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned
06. Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies
Dates & Price
Departures: As per your choice dates
Cost in US$ - per person basis
2 person : US$ 1950 per person
3-5 person: US$ 1820 per person
6-9 person: US$ 1735 per person
SGL room supplement: Kathmandu US$ 90