Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek

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Starts at: Taplejung Ends at: Khamdime
Trek Region: Kanchenjunga Transport: Flight
Duration: 15 Days Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 4160 m / 13648 ft (Oktang) Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Sleep on the lap of the third highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga (8586 meters)
  • Ascend to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp to catch stunning views of Kanchenjunga South
  • Know about the lifestyle and culture of Rai and Limbu people residing in Eastern Nepal
  • Walk inside the diverse Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
  • Walk through the subtropical lowlands, alpine forests of rhododendrons and magnolia

The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek explores the Yalung Glacier and the south side of 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 4,610m. 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 (4,610m), 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.

The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek offers views of sensational snow-capped mountain peaks plus a landscape of subtropical lowlands, rhododendron and alpine forests, and spectacular glaciers. Protected by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and the Sacred Himalayan Landscape initiative of the World Wild Life Fund (WWF), there is an abundant variety of wildlife including the elusive snow leopard, the Asian black bear, and red panda, to name just some of the more rare mammals. Bird lovers may get the chance to see the golden-breasted fulvetta, snow cock and blood pheasant, among others.

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

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (Flight) to Ilam (Drive)

Ilam – 1677 m / 5501 ft – 5 hrs

Day 2: Ilam to Taplejung (Drive)

Taplejung – 1820 m / 5971 ft – 5 hrs

Day 3: Taplejung to Lali Kharka

Lali Kharka – 1880 m / 4166 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Lali Kharka to Khesewa

Khesewa – 1960 m / 6102 ft – 6 hrs

Day 5: khesewa to Pumphe Danda

Pumphe Danda – 1780 m / 8234 ft – 5 hrs

Day 6: Pumphe Danda to Yamphuding

Yamphuding – 2080 m / 8956 ft – 6 hrs

Day 7: Yamphuding to Torongding

Torongding – 2340 m / 11794 ft – 7 hrs

Day 8: Torongding to Cheram

Cheram – 3868 m / 11794 ft – 5 hrs

Day 9: Cheram to Ramche

Ramche – 4160 m / 13451 ft – 3 hrs

Day 10: Ramche to Torongding

Torongding – 2995 m / 13451 ft – 6 hrs

Day 11: Torongding to Yamphuding

Yamphuding – 2080 m / 15698 ft – 7 hrs

Day 12: Yamphuding to Khebang

Khebang – 1910 m / 15698 ft – 4 hrs

Day 13: Khebang to Khamdime

Khamdime – 1500 m / 11794 ft – 4 hrs

Day 14: Khamdime to Bhadrapur (Drive)

Bhadrapur – 93 m / ft – 10 hrs

Day 15: Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (Flight)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 50 minutes

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Plan Your Trip


  • 14 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (Bodhi Boutique or similar)
  • Kathmandu Bhadrapur Kathmandu Flight
  • Bhadrapur Taplejung and Khamdime Bhadrapur local bus
  • Guide for 15 days
  • Kanchenjunga conservation area permit
  • Restricted area permit
  • 15 x breakfast, 14 x lunch and 14 x dinner while on the trek
  • One Porter for 15 days USD 380
  • Private Jeep USD 430 (Optional)

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