The trek to the Kanchenjunga south base camp starts from eastern Nepal as you navigate through settlements like Mitlung and Chirwa. You shall enter the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and get to observe the Yalung glacier. Walk along the Ghunsa Khola and find yourself in Gyabla. Interact with the Tibetan people living here and learn their way of life. Walk on steep glacial moraines to reach the Kanchenjunga base camp and relish at the sight of the Kanchenjunga mountain.
Walk ahead with a view of the Tibetan mountains on the horizon and descend to a colorful land. Moreover, this land filled with rhododendron and pine forests. Rivers and streams are a common sight now but the most prominent ones are the Tamor Khola and Simbuwa Khola. Walk down the dense forests to reach Jogidanda and finally exit the conservation area to end this trek.
Kanchenjunga South base camp trek is not an easy task and if you want to take this trek, then be sure to prepare accordingly. Before taking this trek, be sure that you have conducted all the necessary research.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
The journey begins with your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon
arrival at the airport, staff from the company will come to pick you up and then he will transfer
you to your hotel, know your guides who will accompany you during the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Our objective for the day would be to get the necessary permits and to complete all the legal
and regulatory compliance to enter the beautiful Annapurna conservation area. After this task is
completed, we will head out to visit the major UNESCO world heritage sites that are situated
inside the Kathmandu valley. The valley has 7 out of the 10 heritage sites in Nepal. We will be
visiting Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath in this delightful sightseeing tour.
Once this tour is completed, we head back to our hotel and prepare for the next day. Overnight
Day 03: Kathmandu – Biratnagar (72m/236ft) 35 minutes flight
Our trip starts with a quick 35 minutes flight towards the eastern plains. We aim to reach Biratnagar for today. This is a hot city and is a major trading town as it lies on the border with India. After arriving here, spend some time exploring the city and prepare yourself for the coming trek. Overnight in Biratnagar.
Day 04: Biratnagar – Suketar – Mitlung (850m/2,790 ft) 5-6 hrs trek
After a quick breakfast, we shall meet our guides and take a long walk down the Tamor Khola to reach Asahangpati. The Tamor river is important as it provides life to the villages in these parts. We walk north and go across bird and animals filled forests. After walking for 5 hours, we finally reach Mitlung. It is a Chhetri village. Overnight in Mitlung.
Day 05: Mitlung – Chirwa (1,190m/3,905ft) 6-7 hrs trek
The trail for today passes through tropical forests and small villages that are home to Limbu and Kirati people. The locals here are involved in agriculture and animal husbandry. As we walk past Sinwa, we can see beehives and landslide-prone paths. We arrive at Chirwa which is a small village located between boulders. Overnight in Chirwa.
Day 06: Chirwa – Sekathum (1,640m/5,390ft), 5-6 hrs trek
From Chirwa, we walk past the widening valley and go across the Sisuwa Khola. We get our permits checked at Tapethok, which is the entrance of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. As you move ahead, you can see cardamom farms. The trail leads us to a village called Lelep and beyond it, we can catch glimpses of the Yalung glacier. This glacier is colossal but pales in comparison to Kanchenjunga. We finally arrive at Sekathum and we can also see the Kumbakarna peak. Overnight in Sekathum.
Day 07: Sekathum – Amjilosa (2,490m/8,168ft) 5-6 hrs
The trail takes us on the northern banks of the Ghunsa Khola which is mostly steep. You need to walk along with rhododendron forests and observe bamboo trees as well. There are Sherpa settlements along the way too. After resting for a while, we climb a steep hill and from there, we reach the Tibetan village called Amjilosa. There is a small grazing pasture near this village too. Overnight in Amjilosa.
Day 08: Amjilosa – Gyabla (2,730m/8,955ft) 4-5 hrs trek
The trail for the day is relatively short and goes across flat ridges which later meanders down forests and rhododendron trees. Walk past the numerous waterfalls and later, indulge in a steep climb that will lead you to a Sherpa village called Gyabla. From the village, you can see terraced fields and small settlement. Overnight in Gyabla.
Day 09: Gyabla – Ghunsa (3,430m/11,250ft) 5-6 hrs trek
The road to Ghunsa goes through the dense rhododendron forests. You need to walk on the steep trails as well. As we cross the yak pastures, we find ourselves in Phale which consists of artifacts that originated from Tibet. Spend some time here and later walk past the field. Walk along the Ghunsa Khola to finally reach Ghunsa which is the biggest village in this region. You can see a huge number of yaks and goats here. Overnight in Ghunsa.
Day 10: Ghunsa Rest and acclimatization day.
Today, we won’t do any sort of hiking but rather the day will be spent on acclimatization purposes. There are plenty of things worth doing in Ghunsa. We shall visit the nearby monastery and head out to search for locally made Tibetan carpets. We shall walk along the Yamatri Khola and observe the Yamatri glacier. If you follow another trail, you will reach a hydropower plant. Overnight in Ghunsa.
Day 11: Ghunsa – Kambachen (4 150m/13,615ft) 5-6 hrs trek
Our trail still follows the Ghunsa Khola and goes along the boulder-filled paths. Walk on stone bridges and finally reach the major Kharka called Rambuk. You can see that the vegetation transforms from green to barren ones. Walk past a huge waterfall and cross the beautiful Kumbakarna glacier. We finally arrive at Kambachen from where we can observe amazing glimpses of the nearby mountains and the exotic wildlife. Overnight in Kambachen.
Day 12: Kambachen – Lhonak (4,790m/15,900ft) 4-5 hrs trek
The landscape is now more desolate than before. You will see snow-laden paths that are very slippery. We reach the summer settlement at Ramtang. From here, we can see the peak of the Kanchenjunga glacier. The trail climbs the moraine and later drops to the riverbed of the Ghunsa Khola. As you cross suspension bridges, you reach Lhonak. This village provides us with great views of the Lhonak glacier. Overnight in Lhonak.
Day 13: Lhonak – Pang Pema Base Camp (5,160m/16,923ft) 2-3 hrs trek
The road from Lhonak takes us to the Pangpema base camp. The journey initially heads east and later after covering a few kilometers, we turn south to watch the northern slopes of Kanchenjunga. The path road goes along the steep moraines and icy paths. The Pang Pema base camp sits opposite of the glacier head and provides a great view of the northern face of the Kanchenjunga. Overnight in Pang Pema Base Camp.
Day 14: Pang Pema Base Camp, rest and exploration day.
Today we won’t do any sort of hiking but we shall explore the Pang Pema base camp. From the base camp, we can observe stunning views of mountains which include Kanchenjunga and the West Langpo glacier. There is a different route that takes us over to the Jonsang La in Tibet. Walk on the lower parts of Drohma Ri and observe the delightful sunrise and sunset. Overnight in Pang Pema.
Day 15: Pangpema – Kambachen (4,150m/13,650ft) 5-6 hrs trek
We shall make our way towards Kambachen today. The journey can be a bit slow as we need to walk carefully on the steep tracks. The trek will be slow till Lhonak but from there, it will be fast. As we walk ahead, we can see Kambachen on the horizon. This village is a great resting point for travelers. Overnight in Kambachen.
Day 16: Kambachen – Ghunsa – Phale (3,140m/10,302ft) 5-6 hrs trek
From Kambachen, we shall make our way to Ghunsa. The path takes us along the densely forested trails that are filled with wild birds and animals. As we walk along the banks of the Ghunsa Khola, we can see local people grazing their cattle. The journey ends at Phale which is a summer settlement for the Tibetan people. There is a Gompa nearby which is worth a visit. Overnight in Phale.
Day 17: Phale – Amjilosa (2,140m/7,100ft) 5-6 hrs trek
From Phale, we make our way down the Rhododendron and pine forests that later proceed to the valley. It later crosses numerous tributaries of rivers and later stops at a Tibetan village called Gyabla. Spend some time at Gyabla and later walk on a trail that takes you to Amjiloda. This small village is inhabited by Sherpas and reflect Tibetan culture. Overnight in Amjilosa.
Day 18: Amjilosa – Chirwa (1,190m/3,900 ft) 5-6 hrs trek
The road greets us with amazing views of waterfalls and snow-laden paths. The path descends to Sekathum which is a confluence of Ghunsa and Tamur Khola. We shall now walk along the western bank of the Tamur Khola and go across the Simbuwa Khola, which originates from the Yarlung glacier. After walking for about 4 hours, we reach the resting point for the day, Chirwa. Overnight in Chirwa.
Day 19: Chirwa – Linkhim (1,520m/4,985ft) 5-6 hrs trek
We shall now leave the river trail and follow the one that takes us above the eastern bank of the Tamor River. We walk for a few hours and reach Thiwa which is the exit point of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. After exiting the conservation area, we cross the Tawa Khola and again climb the ridge. Before reaching Linkhim, we take a quick break at Malbanse. Once at Linkhim, you will reside in a teahouse. Overnight in Linkhim.
Day 20: Linkhim – Suketar (2,700m/8,856ft.) 5-6 hrs trek
The road from Linkhim winds out the side canyons of a village which is inhabited by Limbus. Walk on a ridge and observe the landslide-prone areas. We take a quick break at Jogidanda and then continue the climb. Walk past Sherpa villages like Bung Kulumg and Bhote gain to finally arrive at Suketar. You can see Suketar airport too. There aren’t many lodges and settlements in Suketar. Take a much-deserved rest here. Overnight in Suketar.
Day 21: Suketar – Biratnagar- Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), 30min and 35min flights
The trek is reaching its end and from Suketar, we shall catch a flight that will take us to Biratnagar. The flight shows us the beautiful Himalayas and once we reach Biratnagar, we are hit by the warm heat.
Day 22: Final departure
Today is the last day of your amazing 13-day trip. Our staff will see that you are dropped at the
airport as per your schedule. Thank you for traveling with us and we hope to see you soon as
- Observing the sheer magnitude of the Yalung glacier
- Learning the way of the Tibetan people in villages like Amjilosa
- Hiking through the snow and icy trails to reach the southern part of the Kanchenjunga base campWalking through the dense rhododendron forests that slowly transcend into frosty ones
- Observing the grandeur of mountains like Kanchenjunga, Everest, and many others
WHERE TO MEET
The company representative will pick you up at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel. You will start the trek from your hotel. If you do not require a pick and drop facility, then you can contact the manager.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world and to reach its base camp involves going through isolated settlements and valleys. The trail takes you through never before seen terrain and landscapes which include the Yalung glacier, Langpo glacier, and other high passes. You will reside in one of the many teahouses and interact with people who are more Tibetan than Nepali. This 19-day journey in the Himalayas is bound to leave you a storyteller and an adventure fanatic.
- Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
- 3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- One full-day guided city tour by private vehicle in Kathmandu
- Kanchenjunga trekking permit and TIMS
- Bus transportation (Tourist Coach A/C Deluxe)
- Flight to and from Biratnagar and Suketar-Biratnagar
- Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), during the trek
- Accommodation during the trek (Lodge/Tea House/Tented Camp)
- Safe drinking water (Medicated), during the trek
- Seasonal fresh fruits (during the trek only) after dinner.
- Government-licensed, experienced, knowledgeable, well-trained, English-speaking guide and his entire expenses
- Porter and his entire expenses
- Insurance of Guide and Porter
- All required Government and local taxes
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
- First Aid service (Basic)