Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek - 19 Days

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek - 19 Days
  • Duration19 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 4610m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Aeroplane and Drive
  • Best Season March, April, May, and Sept, Oct, Nov

The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek is a unique trekking experience that takes you deep into unspoiled areas of Nepal's Eastern Himalayas. This peaceful walking path is home to an array of endangered flora and animals, lush hills adorned with multiple waterfalls and streams in the lower half, and snow-capped steep mountains in the upper half that create a dramatic silhouette against the clear blue sky above. Join us for a 19-day tour through the Himalayas' endless landscapes, unique cultures, and sweeping vistas.

Situated close to the borders of Tibet to the north and India to the east, Mount Kanchenjunga is a peak in northeastern Nepal. Before the middle of the 19th century, Kanchenjunga was believed to be the highest mountain in the world, but in reality, it is the second-highest summit in Nepal and the third-highest peak worldwide. Since the local people view Kanchenjunga Peak as a sacred peak, mountaineers avoid standing on it.

Kanchenjunga in English means "Five Great Treasures in the Snow". As the name suggests, the Kanchenjunga range consists of five peaks, and the inhabitants consider each summit to be a vault full of 5 valuables such as religious books, grains, gold, silver, and jewels. This huge group of mountains has five major glacier systems, three of which flow into Sikkim to the east: the Zumu, Talung, and Rathong. On the western side of the Himalayan range, the Tamor River in Nepal is fed by the Yalung and Kanchenjunga glaciers.

The trekking trail leading to Kanchenjunga Base Camp was opened to hikers only in 1988 AD. Since the area has been declared a restricted area by the government, hikers must obtain a special permit and travel in groups of no less than two, in addition to a mandatory licensed trekking guide. These are the reasons why so few hikers opt to traverse in this wild, challenging area. The area's distinctive culture and unspoiled natural beauty have been preserved in part by the fewer tourists that come here each year. As a result, tourists can take in the unspoiled natural beauty and genuine culture of the area. 

Obtaining the most genuine trekking experience is not simple, though. This is a strenuous, lengthy hike in a region with minimal to no infrastructure. Not as many facilities are available here as in Nepal's popular trekking destinations, such as Annapurna and Everest. Maybe you'll even need to stay in a tent for a few nights. Along the journey, there are landslides to be concerned about, and the trails are rocky, swooping, and sometimes exposed. Its problems are made worse by the region's seclusion. Therefore, you have to be mentally prepared for several days of strenuous hiking in some extremely remote areas of the Himalayas, as well as a fairly experienced high-altitude hiker.

This 19 Days Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trekking Itinerary has been meticulously crafted by our trekking experts at Outfitter Nepal to ensure that you will complete the trek with the least amount of difficulty. Before making a reservation, please read the entire description and details of the trek. For any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with us. 

Best Features of the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek

  • Trekking in the unspoiled, untraveled Himalayan region of East Nepal
  • Reaching the South Base Camp (480 m) of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain peak
  • Breathtaking views of the Makalu mountain range, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and other neighboring peaks like Tent Peak, Jannu, Kabru, and Jongsong
  • Traveling through the ethnic villages of the neighboring Rai, Limbu, Tamang, Gurung, Bhote, and Sherpa populations
  • Learn about the unique culture and lifestyle of the local villagers of various ethnicities
  • Admiring stunning natural locations such as high-altitude frozen ponds and glacial lakes
  • Discovering the variety of plants and animals (such as red pandas and musk deer) found in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

Why trek to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp over other well-known trekking locations?

The Kanchenjunga region is renowned for its incredibly stunning natural settings. To get to the mountain's south base camp, you have to travel through some breathtaking, uncharted territory. These trekking routes differ from the more popular climbs in the Everest and Annapurna regions as they are mostly unexplored and off-the-beaten. As you hike across the foothills of the mountains, you will encounter many different types of natural trails situated beside rivers, streams, glaciers, hills, villages, waterfalls, and forests. Hikers enjoy the peaceful trails that go through such beautiful surroundings.

This isolated Himalayan location is another feature that makes the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek unique. You will get the opportunity to take in the spectacular site in all its beauty away from the mayhem. You will be able to witness most of the largest Himalayan peaks in their most breathtaking vistas, including Mt. Kanchenjunga. You will be greeted by people with wide smiles and great friendliness. You will discover some unusual customs and practices along the walk that are different from the other parts of the country. These reasons are sufficient to embark on the secluded Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek.

What kind of terrain can we expect on the trek to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp?

Due to its seclusion and low trekking traffic, the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp is a wonderful destination for those looking for a more adventurous experience. The walk begins on the lower slopes, where lush forests of bamboo, oak, and rhododendrons surround the hikers. An atmosphere of peace and tranquility is created by the vibrant flora and melodious bird sounds. As the altitude goes up, the vegetation shifts and one can see the beautiful alpine meadows and high-altitude pastures. When the timing is perfect, these regions are blanketed with vivid wildflowers.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, the trip is a delightful treat. Hikers cross several swift-moving rivers and streams throughout the way, joined by sturdy suspension bridges that sway slightly with each stride. The route has an element of adventure because of the river crossings. Moreover, the bridges offer beautiful vantage points to overlook the surrounding area.

The trek becomes increasingly strenuous and rugged as it approaches the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Trekkers will encounter steep terrain, glaciers in the Kanchenjunga range, and moraines. At higher altitudes, one may enjoy breathtaking views of the imposing peaks, such as the third-highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga, which towers 8,586 meters (28,169 feet) above sea level. A vista of the neighboring mountain peaks adds even more grandeur to the trek's beauty.

How is the cultural exposure of the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek?

Trekkers can interact with the people in a distinctive and enlightening way throughout their tour to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. You have the chance to get to know native ethnic groups including the Tamang, Gurung, Limbu, Rai, Sherpa, and Bhote as you go through the stunning villages and isolated settlements along the trail. These ethnic groups’ rich cultural heritage is deeply rooted in the surrounding mountains and natural environment. You can witness their unique customs, historic rituals, and ages-old behaviors that have been passed down through the ages. Trekkers are welcomed into the homes and guest houses of the villagers, who provide them insights into their everyday lives, demonstrating their amazing hospitality.

Hikers may participate in any local festivities or events if the trek's timetable aligns with them. Festivals can offer hikers an unforgettable glimpse into the colorful local culture through dance performances, music, and traditional ceremonies. To fully immerse yourself in the culture, you may also try authentic Nepali cuisine and regional delicacies while lodging in teahouses and lodges run by local families. Conversations with the hosts and other trekkers in the shared dining areas provide an opportunity for story-sharing.

Additionally, by making stops at historic monasteries and stupas along the way, hikers get the chance to explore the area's spiritual side. These holy locations are important religious and cultural hubs for the native populations. Trekkers can see religious ceremonies and the peaceful coexistence of Buddhism and the Bon religion in the area.

What mountains can we see from the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trekking trail?

There are so many diverse and stunning mountain sights to behold while trekking to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp that we are at a loss for words. The trail leading to the South Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga provides breathtaking views of the following mountains: Janu Himal (7,710 m/25,300 ft), Makalu (8,463 m/26,247 ft), Tharpu Chuli (5,695 m/18,684 ft), Kabru (7,412 m/24,318 ft), Ramtang Peak (6,601 m/21,657 ft), Taple Sikhar (6,341 m/20,804ft), Nepal Chuli (6,910 m/22,671 ft), Kirat Chuli (7,365 m/24,163 ft), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m/28,169 ft), Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), and many more.

Likewise, the route offers breathtaking views of the surrounding natural beauty. Snow-capped mountains encircle fields and streams where yaks can be observed grazing. In the lower portion of the trail, you typically encounter thickly forested hills and rivers with a few glimpses of mountains. In the upper half, however, the mountainous terrain covered in snow dominates. 

Major Attractions of the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek

Wonderful trekking journey to Mount Kanchenjunga's South Base Camp 

Trekking through tropical lowlands to spectacular Rhododendron woodlands, chocolate box towns, glaciers, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas, the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp walk is an amazing experience. The majesty of the area, accentuated by some of the highest mountain peaks on Earth, enchants you with an unmatched happiness. It feels like you're in a picture book. Being near mountains stimulates the mind, but staying in local lodges and tents and consuming food grown nearby humbles the spirit.

Hiking in the biologically diverse Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

Covering 2,035 square kilometers, the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is a large protected area. More than 250 birds and other endangered species call the incredibly thick trees of this protected area home. Its rich biodiversity includes Himalayan black bears, musk deer, snow leopards, red pandas, and other amazing animals. Red-billed blue robins and Amphibian pheasants are two of the most beautiful bird species that may be found in this region. In a matter of days, you ascend to gorgeous alpine flowers blooming and yaks grazing on high-elevation pastures.

Relatively new and undiscovered hiking path

One of Nepal's newest high-altitude hiking routes, the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek is not well-known because it was only made accessible to hikers in 1988. Even if the walking track may not have the best amenities, there are still plenty of tea houses and lodging choices nearby. You could occasionally have to spend the night in a tent. It's one of the rare trekking routes that requires certain permissions. The trailhead for this distant path is a long 10-hour drive and a 30-minute fly away from Kathmandu.

Strolling through verdant forests and quaint Himalayan towns

It goes without saying that you will pass through verdant forests decorated with exquisite wildflower blossoms when hiking in the Nepalese Himalayas, particularly during the spring. You may even witness the rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal, transforming the entire forest into a vibrant red mass. You would also pass through charming towns on the slopes of the massive Himalayas. The construction of the dwellings differs from the typical Nepali design, depending on the ethnic group. It is astounding that more than 100 different ethnic groups call Nepal home, despite its small size. Seeing these people live in harmony in these remote places offers a sense of unity in diversity.

Physically and emotionally taxing hike that truly evokes adventure

The trekking route in the Kanchenjunga Region includes several steep climbs, treacherous ground, landslides, and other challenging terrain. Your physical endurance will be put to the test as you climb the rugged, high Himalayan terrain on the 19-day Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek. While prior trekking experience at high altitudes is usually beneficial, it's also acceptable if you maintain a good physical condition before starting the tour. For this walk, mental toughness is just as vital as physical fitness. This route offers the off-the-beaten-path walking experience that avid hikers crave.

Learning out about the unique culture of the locals

What distinguishes this excursion from others are the locals and their rich culture. On this walk, you will come across Tamang, Rai, Limbu, and Bhote communities, who are indigenous to East Nepal, in addition to the Gurung, Magar, and Sherpa people you frequently see when trekking in the western or central parts of Nepal. They adhere to their own cultural practices, food, traditions, and customs. People working in agriculture and animal husbandry make up the majority of the population in these communities in the Kanchenjunga region. 

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

The trekking journey to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp starts with an early-morning flight to Nepal's Bhadrapur Airport in southeast Nepal. You'll wake up early, eat breakfast at the hotel, gather your belongings, and get ready for the journey. You will be picked up from your hotel by our trekking guide, who will then drive you to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu International Airport where you will board a flight to Bhadrapur. After landing in Bhadrapur, we'll board a vehicle that will take us north to Taplejung in 10 hours. The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek officially starts in Taplejung. We have dinner there and spend the night in a hotel or lodge.

Note: We need a full day to prepare your permits because the tour involves hiking in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area's restricted area. Therefore, you must be in Nepal and turn in the required paperwork for the permit one day prior to the start of your trip. 

    We wake up early, have breakfast at the overnight lodge, and begin our trekking journey. It’s the first hiking day of our 19-day Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek so, it’s going to be an easy 6-hour hike. We start from Taplejung and walk past agricultural fields and lush forests until we get to Suketar. Ignoring the left fork toward Chhatedhunga, which leads to the Pathivara Temple, we shall head straight towards Deurali in order to reach Lalikharka. You simply descend from Deurali to Lalikharka after that. We will spend the night at a guest house. Be prepared to enjoy the village hospitality.

      Following an early breakfast, we continue up the trail to Simbu Village before making a difficult ascent to Kande Bhanjyang Village. It typically takes about six hours to walk from Lalikharka to Kande Bhanjyang. We will stroll through another Limbu Village Tembewa on the way. In this area, we will have the opportunity to observe the rice fields, forested areas, and the daily lives of the ethnic Limbu communities. Additionally, we're constantly in awe of the streams and waterfalls throughout this route. Kande Bhanjyang is where we'll spend the night.

        We wake up early, have breakfast at our overnight lodge in Kande Bhanjyang, and set out for the day’s journey to Phumphe Danda. Our 6-hour hike today climbs a steep mountain past terraced farmlands that are perched above the Kabbeli Khola (river). The path is uneven and crosses mountains and valleys. After stopping for lunch along the way, we'll continue on through Anpan Village and then drop to the Kashawa Khola (river). We'll then cross the river before starting our ascent through the fields to Phumphe Danda Village, where we'll spend the night. 

          Today, the trail travels through minor valleys and rivers as it follows the incline of the slope above the Kabeli Khola (river). We follow the river till we reach Yamphudin Village, stopping at a number of fantastic locations to cool off in the water. Additionally, we'll have a lunch stop along the river. There’s a Limbu Cultural Center and Museum in the little Limbu community of Mamangkhen, where we can go on a tour. We give this village some time to explore before continuing on our journey to Yamphudin, also known locally as Sherpa Gaun. We have a guest home reservation for tonight at Yamphudin, where we’ll enjoy a fulfilling dinner and rest for the night.

            There aren't many facilities above Yamphudin. However, we have tons of supplies and planned our itinerary carefully to provide you with the best possible services. The trail is well-maintained, but it's a tough ascent from Amje Khola. It would be lovely to see some yaks grazing in Chitre. As we travel further, we pass a dense forest with Spanish Moss draped everywhere that appears to be straight out of a movie. It's a stunning day for a stroll in the expansive forest of oak, rhododendron, and other varieties of trees. Your day will be enjoyable with the lullabies of diverse birds in the forests. We spend the night at Lasiya Bhanjyang, from where you may take in the stunning vista of Mt. Kumbhakarna and the other peaks.

              After breakfast, we'll set out for Bhanjyang and then trek all the way downhill and a gentle ascend to Tortong. Today, we take the riverside path through luscious rhododendrons and fir forests. We reach the river's valley at Simjua Khola rather quickly along the trail. After that, we ascend to the Yalung Glacier's base and traverse through valleys. Today's hike gives breathtaking views of the Koktang, Rathong, and Kabru peaks while traversing crystal clear rivers and alpine lakes that are almost completely frozen over. Due to the physical strain at these higher altitudes, we will sleep well tonight.

                We take the day off today to relax at Tseram so we can get used to the altitude. The tried-and-true process of acclimatization enables your body to adjust to the increasing altitude. Being idle on a rest day, however, is not beneficial. Instead of sitting around doing nothing, you could go exploring around Tseram. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to combat altitude sickness. After exploring the area, we again stay the night at Tseram today.

                  Following breakfast at the lodge, we set off on our journey through the moraines. We are already accustomed to the altitude, so climbing higher won't be challenging for us. Initially, we traverse the steep topography of the area by the gradual ascent track. We will hike above the tree line, across alpine meadows, and alongside a running stream till we reach Ramche on the way to the Kangchenjunga South Base Camp. To reach the village, you will take the peaceful natural pathways. From this mountain village, you might be able to see a lot of the surrounding area, including the first glance of Mt. Kanchenjunga. We stay the night at Ramce today.

                    Today is the day we finally reach our trek’s destination, Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Our difficult walk today involves navigating moraines and rocky, uneven terrain and glaciers. The walk will take you around a glacier moraine before you pass by some stunning alpine trees. We are moved to tears by the spectacular vistas of Kangchenjunga, Mount Jannu, and other peaks, as well as the abundance of mountain goats and yaks that graze freely. India, a close neighbor, has borders with a few places in the region.

                    After 10 days of trekking in the difficult terrain, you finally get to see the Kanchenjunga peak up close. It’s the moment you will cherish for your lifetime. The mountains look spectacularly snow-covered from the base camp. Take some time to take in the grandeur. Once you've done some exploration and taken some amazing photos, you'll return to the path that descends a little as you head back to the hamlet of Ramche. We'll stay here overnight. 

                      After visiting the spectacular South Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga earlier, we retrace our steps back on the same trail we took while ascending. Today, we take a short downhill hike of just 3 hours from Ramche to Tseram. We start the trek after a warm breakfast at Ramche and reach Tseram for our lunch. After lunch, you are free to rest at the tea house or explore the village learning about the local lifestyle. We stay the night at a tea house in Tseram.

                        After breakfast, we say goodbye to our tea house and the lovely surroundings of Tseram and head back to Lasiya Bhanjyang passing by Tortong on the way. We trek for 6 hours along the river bank of Simjua Khola passing by various frozen alpine lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Koktang, Rathong, and Kabru peaks one more time before they are no longer visible. We spend the night at a tea house in Lasiya Bhanjyang today.

                          Passing by dense forests of rhododendrons, oak, and fir draped in Spanish moss, we again make our way back from Lasiya Bhanjyang to Yamphudin today. It’s going to be mostly a downhill hike as we descend about 1700 meters in altitude. Enjoying the view of the yaks grazing in the expansive fields and distant snow-covered mountains, we finally reach Yamphudin after 5 hours, which is where we spend the night at a lodge.

                            It’s a day full of ups and downs today as we trek back from the Sherpa village of Yamphudin to Phumphe Danda. We trek past small valleys, rivers, and beautiful Limbu communities like Mamangkhen, where you can learn about the Lumbu culture and heritage. After 7 hours of walking uphill and downhill, we finally arrive at Phumphe Danda. We relax at the tea house enjoying a warm conversation with fellow trekkers, have dinner, and spend the night in Phumphe Danda tonight.

                              Today’s hike is characterized by crossing a number of rivers such as Khasawa Khola and Kabbeli Khola. We also walk past terraced fields along the slopes of the trail. Now that we’re at a much lower altitude compared to the base camp, we can find many small villages on the way with villagers going about their day. It’s a humbling experience to see the locals live a minimalistic life in such remote villages. After 6 hours of hike, we arrive at Kande Bhanjyang, where we spend the night at a lodge.

                                Just like previous days, we get up early at our overnight lodge and head out for our hike after breakfast. We'll trek for around 5 hours from Kande Bhanjyang to Lalikharka. Today is a gorgeous day with various forests, waterfalls, and a fantastic view of the distant Himalayas. Along the way, you will ascend and descend through several communities where you can converse with the locals and learn more about their customs and way of life. We spend the night in a mountain lodge run by locals when we get to Lalikharka.

                                  The hike is coming to an end today. On our way from Lalikharka to Taplejung, we pass a few Rai and Limbu villages as we make our descent. Your body would be hurting right now from more than two weeks of touring and hiking, but your contented heart would make up for it. We reach Taplejung in 5 hours after taking the convenient downward route and talking to locals. Today, we'll spend the night in the charming Himalayan village of Taplejung and take one more look at the East Himalayas, before we leave early morning tomorrow.

                                    Early in the morning, we get into a jeep and drive all the way down to Birtamod. We’ll have our breakfast either in Taplejung before the trip starts or at rest stops along the road. The populated town of Birtamod is situated in the Southeast of Nepal. As it could be excessively hot in the south, keep your body well-hydrated throughout the day. You finally reach Birtamod after ten hours of driving. After checking into your accommodation in Birtamod, you can enjoy dinner and unwind for the day.

                                      We return to Kathmandu on the last day of our tour to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. After having breakfast at the hotel in Birtamod, we take a 30-minute taxi ride to the Bhadrapur Airport. From here, we set out for Kathmandu. You will once more be transported to your lodging in Thamel after you land in Kathmandu airport. The rest of the day is yours to do as you like. You might go to a spa to relax your sore muscles or shop for gifts for your loved ones back home. Don’t forget to attend your farewell dinner that evening.  

                                      OUTFITTER NEPAL ensures that you enjoy your trip to Kangchenjunga while prioritizing your safety during your odyssey. We hope your journey with us was enjoyable for you. Don't forget to think of us when you next visit Nepal.

                                      We have a unique Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek package that covers both the North and South Base Camps of Kanchenjunga if you want to travel to both. Alternatively, you can hike Kanchenjunga North Base Camp alone. It's best to consider all of your alternatives before making a choice.

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                                        Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
                                        What's Included
                                        • Domestic Airport transfers
                                        • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek
                                        • Accommodations in lodges/tented camp on the trek
                                        • Ground transportation by local bus/private vehicle
                                        • Domestic flights between Kathmandu and Bhadrapur
                                        • Required trekking permits and fees
                                        • A guide and porters & cook
                                        • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for guide and staff
                                        • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your travel insurance company
                                        • Sleeping bag, down jacket & duffel bag (if needed - return after the trek)
                                        What's not Included
                                        • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu)
                                        • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
                                        • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner in Kathmandu)
                                        • Accommodation in Kathmandu
                                        • Your personal expenses, drinking water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
                                        • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
                                        • Tips for the guide and staff
                                        • Anything not mentioned in the included section
                                        Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

                                        Weather and Temperature

                                        There may be considerable temperature variations throughout the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek. Temperature and weather patterns are influenced by elevation, time of day, and season. The nights will be cold, with lows of 5 degrees Celsius, between 1,000 and 3,500 meters above sea level. Occasionally during the day, the temperature may increase to 25 degrees Celsius. Temperatures between 15 and -15 Celsius are common at higher elevations.

                                        Best Time to Trek to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp

                                        Nepal experiences a huge influx of tourists from late September to early May since this is the peak trekking season. The best months to go trekking in Nepal are the spring months of March, April, and May and the fall months of September, October, and November.

                                        Autumn is one of the best seasons for trekking because it coincides with many festivals, including Dashain and Tihar, and has ideal weather with moderate temperatures. Consequently, this is when the majority of hikers embark on their journey. As flowers blossom in the spring, the Kanchenjunga trekking trail is covered with rhododendron blooms and lush flora. The great Himalayan range contains a wide variety of flora and flowers, thus spring is the greatest season for those who enjoy the outdoors.

                                        The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek is not recommended during the winter or monsoon seasons. Traveling here in the winter will be extremely cold due to the high altitude and heavy rains from the monsoon could result in a landslide or flood that blocks the trail. We can assist you if you wish to give it a go this season, nevertheless.

                                        Kanchenjunga SBC Trek Difficulty

                                        Trekking to the unexplored Kanchenjunga South Base Camp is among the most challenging hiking routes in Nepal. The trail has elevation changes of 1070 meters to 5140 meters. The remote location of the trailhead makes getting there difficult in the first place. The trail passes through landslide-prone sections and several steep ascents and descents across the untamed Himalayan terrain. The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, making the trek to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp more challenging. The hike becomes even more difficult at night when the area's poor infrastructure only offers basic tea shops and tents for accommodation.

                                        The level of fitness and prior experience you have with high-altitude trekking also have an impact on the difficulty of the trek. It takes exceptional physical fitness to walk nonstop for three weeks while carrying a backpack. It's advisable to get in shape and go on a few short treks around your neighborhood before starting the trek, even if you've never gone hiking in the Himalayas. Go cycling, running, or swimming to build cardio endurance. Join a gym to improve your stamina, core, and leg muscles. Start your training a few months before the expedition begins if you are not used to working out.

                                        Safety Concerns during the trek

                                        In the Himalayan region, yaks, mules, and dzo—a mix between a yak and a cow—are frequently used modes of transportation. They are employed in the delivery of supplies and food to the hotels. When a herd of yaks or mules and a throng of trekkers are in the vicinity, you have to exercise caution and stay in the safe area at the trail's corner. If you stand at the edge of the trail, you have a greater chance of being driven over the cliff by them. You should stay away from animals like yaks, dzo, cows, and buffalo because they could attack you at any time.

                                        The 19-day Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek path passes through jungle, hills, glaciers, rocks, and suspension bridges that require hikers to exercise extra caution. Sometimes people don't give any thought while taking images in dangerous areas, but you should always make sure you have enough room and aren't close to a precipice. You should always carry the most valuable items with you, such as your passport, credit cards, insurance policy, camera, cell phone, and other valuables.

                                        Risks of Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization

                                        The highest point of the trek, Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, is located 4850 meters above sea level. Trekking at altitudes below 3000 meters is unproblematic, but above that, low oxygen levels could make breathing challenging. You have to hike slowly and gradually to keep up with the oxygen level dropping in the thin air at a high altitude. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is more likely to strike those who walk quickly to reach their destination. Drinking adequate liquids, such as water, tea, soup, etc., can also help prevent altitude sickness.

                                        Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can result in headaches, disorientation, breathing problems, sleeping difficulty, and muscle aches. In moderate cases, Diamox and a restful night's sleep might be beneficial. If the problem gets worse, returning to a lower elevation and obtaining medical attention might be necessary. In the worst-case scenario, it is advisable to get ready for a medical air evacuation. AMS can be fatal if you ignore it or don't get treatment. Kindly inform your guide if you encounter any AMS symptoms.

                                        Our trekking itinerary for the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp is planned to ensure a comfortable journey and ease altitude worries. Your body will have ample opportunity to acclimate to the lower oxygen concentration of the mountain air because of the itinerary's leisurely pace and acclimatization days.

                                        Transportation to and from the trailhead

                                        The trek starts and concludes in Taplejung town in Nepal's Taplejung district. Taplejung can be reached in two different ways: by road and by air. Although it is connected to Kathmandu Airport, Taplejung's Suketar Airport is frequently closed. Another option is to ride in a bus or jeep, however, this could be taxing. Driving from Kathmandu through Birtamode to Ilam and finally to Taplejung would take two days.

                                        We take the most practical way to get from Kathmandu to Taplejung. First, we take a 45-minute morning flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur Airport. After that, we drive from Bhadrapur to Taplejung in a jeep for ten hours the same day. The next day, we set off on our walk from Taplejung. To avoid having to hike for a few days, you can rent a private jeep to go further from Taplejung by road.

                                        Accommodation and Meals on the trail

                                        While there are occasional uses for tents, lodges provide the majority of lodging during the walk. In the lodge, you’ll be provided with shared accommodation, usually for two travelers. You’ll find two decent beds, mattresses, blankets, pillows, and bed linens in most rooms. Bring a sleeping bag with you to better handle the colder temperatures.

                                        Menus in the lower altitude mostly consist of daal bhat, momo, chowmein, thukpa, and instant noodles. As you ascend higher, you’ll only find the locally made traditional Nepali food, Daal Bhat, consisting of rice, lentils, veggies, and pickles. You don't have to worry because daal bhat is a filling dish that is rich in essential minerals, carbohydrates, and protein. Eating meat items and packaged food is not advised because it might not be hygienic as it takes days to reach the high altitudes of the Kanchenjunga region.

                                        Washroom and Toiletries

                                        There might be an adjoining bathroom with a western toilet available at lodges in Taplejung. However, private restrooms are not always available when trekking at high altitudes. You have to be comfortable using squat toilets in public restrooms. There may not even be proper restrooms in much higher-altitude lodges. You need to carry your own toiletries for hygienic reasons. In certain places, you might not even get any toiletries. Some lodges in the lower regions may offer hot showers for an additional fee. However, hot showers are not available or practicable in higher elevations. 

                                        Drinking Water Facilities 

                                        All of our guests are encouraged to practice ecotourism and travel responsibly. Please bring a bottle and fill it with hot water in the lodges rather than paying for single-use plastic bottled water (which might not be available everywhere). You can also bring a water bottle with an integrated filtration system to filter the fresh water from the route's natural water sources. Carry water purification pills to filter your water if you're still worried about its safety.

                                        Guide and Potters for Kanchenjunga SBC Trek

                                        Since the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp is a restricted region, it is not possible to hike there without a professional guide. In order to hike in the region, you must make travel arrangements with a Nepali trekking company that is licensed to conduct treks there and travel in a group of two or more hikers. The stroll is significantly more convenient and informative when there is a knowledgeable guide who speaks fluent English. We assure you that you will be accompanied by a qualified trekking guide with years of local knowledge in the area when you book a tour with Outfitter Nepal.

                                        There is no strict requirement for a potter when trekking to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. If you wish to carry your own rucksack while hiking in the Kanchenjunga region, you must be in good physical health. We strongly advise hiring a potter because you would be walking on rough terrain for almost three weeks. We provide potters who are in good physical condition and can lift up to 24 kg from two hikers (12 kg each).

                                        Permits for Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trekking

                                        Due to its location in a restricted area, the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek requires a special permit in addition to an entry permit for a conservation area. To begin the hike, a person needs the following two permits in total.

                                        • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) – US$ 20 per person
                                        • Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit (RAP) – US$ 10 per person for a week (US$ 30 for 3 weeks trek)

                                        Trekking Gear List

                                        It is vital to be well-prepared when hiking in the Himalayas because conditions can change drastically with the weather. The purpose of the gear set is to keep you warm in the evenings and at night while keeping you dry and shielded from the sun and rain during the day. Your daypack and duffle bag should weigh approximately 5 kg and 10 kg, respectively, for a comfortable hike.

                                        Don't forget to include the following items in your hiking kit:

                                        • Good quality trekking boots and crampons
                                        • Sandals/Crocs
                                        • Few pairs of undergarments
                                        • High-quality down jacket and pant
                                        • Thermal wears
                                        • T-shirts and trousers
                                        • Light shirts and half-pants for the days
                                        • Fleece jacket
                                        • Backpack and daypack
                                        • Trekking poles
                                        • A pair of gloves
                                        • Woolen hat
                                        • Sun hat or scarf
                                        • Sunglasses
                                        • Sun cream
                                        • Rain gear
                                        • Water bottles and water-purifying tablets
                                        • Energy bars
                                        • Face/body wipes
                                        • Small/medium drying towel
                                        • Toiletries
                                        • Some local currency for personal use
                                        FAQsKanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek - 19 Days frequently asked questions
                                        • You cannot trek alone anywhere in the Kanchenjunga region, let alone the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Trekking by yourself is forbidden in the Kanchenjunga region since the Nepali government has declared it a restricted area. It takes a minimum of two hikers and a certified trekking guide to reach the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp.

                                        • While there are no technical requirements, having hiked in the high altitudes before may be helpful for the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek. To finish this trek, hikers should be able to walk five to seven hours a day at a reasonable pace while carrying a light daypack. Even if you are not experienced, you can still complete this expedition if you possess the necessary physical and mental stamina.

                                        • Given the various risks involved with the high-altitude Kanchenjunga SBC trek, travel insurance is necessary. Travel insurance covers things like flight cancellations, theft, damage, and accidents. Moreover, if the trip involves traveling at heights of 4,000 meters or higher, altitude sickness is also covered by the insurance. Since helicopter rescue is the only way to recover people in the event of an accident, make sure the insurance policy includes coverage for emergency helicopter service as well.

                                        • You must see your doctor before starting the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek and bring your own prescriptions if you have a history of medication allergies. To help you prevent altitude sickness and other common illnesses, Outfitter Nepal will provide you with basic medical supplies and other safety measures. But you should still have your regular prescription medications with you.

                                        • Yes, you will still need to bring some extra cash even though we will cover your accommodation and meals. Additional expenses for things like hot baths, battery charging, internet, and boiling water would be on you. Make sure to carry Nepalese cash, as it is the only accepted form of payment there.

                                        • Taplejung is the last place you can find banks and ATMs. After that, there are no more ATMs. It is best to manage your money in Kathmandu, as there are more possibilities there. In Kathmandu, you can exchange cash for Nepalese currency if you're carrying your country's currency. It becomes hard to exchange them once get out of the city.

                                        • In the unlikely event of a natural disaster, accident, or significant disease at altitude, backup help would always be accessible. If the situation is serious, you will be airlifted as soon as possible to the nearest hospital. Please make sure that your travel insurance covers both medical and emergency evacuation costs, as you are entirely responsible for any costs associated with using such services.

                                        • Nowadays, the majority of sizable towns are connected to the cellular network. But in distant places without mobile phone service, we send a satellite phone with our guide so you can always stay in touch with your loved ones, even if there's no other way to communicate. However, there is an additional fee for using the satellite phone.

                                        • The majority of teahouses nowadays, even those that use solar power, have access to electricity. As a result, there are no problems at all when it comes to charging your devices. To get your devices charged, nevertheless, you need to pay an extra cost (between $1 and $3 per hour).

                                        • You can show your appreciation for the service by leaving a tip for your porters and trekking guides. The tip amount should reflect your degree of satisfaction with the services provided. It is recommended, though, that you tip at least 10% of the total cost of your trip to all field staff members.

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