Kanchenjunga south base camp trek is an extreme wilderness and off-the-beaten trek in Nepal that takes you amidst the teeming flora and fauna of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Glaciers, isolated mountains, lakes, cascading waterfalls, pristine forests, picturesque villages, and tranquility of the trekking route will accompany you on this 14 days lifetime trek.
Usually, it takes three weeks and more to do the Kanchenjunga base camp trek. But we have designed this special two weeks Kanchenjunga trek program that leads you to the south base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga at 4,730 meters (15,518 ft). This itinerary is perfect for most travelers who have two weeks in hand to do something daring and adventurous in the Himalayas.
Untouched and unbothered by the crowd, the Kanchenjunga south base camp trekking is for those who love to get lost in their thoughts. The trek is no doubt demanding and requires your focus all the time, but you still get to de-stress and challenge your comfort zone. The landscapes and mountain views along the trail are out of this world. Our words will not do justice.
On this trek, you will be exploring around the world's third-highest mountain in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 m/28,169 ft). The region is quite famous for exotic snow leopards, and if lucky, you may get to see one. If we consider the local's point of view, Kanchenjunga means Five Treasures of the Great Snow in the Tibetan language, which represents the five peaks of the Kanchenjunga range.
Mountain views during the Kanchenjunga south base camp trek
Some of the best views of Mount Kanchenjunga are seen during the trek. We cannot even count on our fingers the number of different breathtaking landscapes one gets to witness on the Kanchenjunga south base camp trek.
Mt. Jannu (7,710m.|25,300ft.), Mt. Makalu (8,481m.|27,825ft.), Mt. Rohtang (3,978m.|13,051ft.), Ramtang Peak (6,601m.|21,657ft.), Taple Sikhar (6,341m.|20,804ft.), Nepal Chuli (6,910m.|22,671ft.), Kirat Chuli (7365m.|24,163ft.), Mt. Kabru (7,412m.|24,318ft.), and many other Himalayan peaks are seen along the trekking route.
Kanchenjunga south base camp trek route
Our Kanchenjunga south base camp trek begins with a short flight to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu. From here, we drive for 8 to 9 hours to reach the starting point of the trek, Khebang. Following lush forests and verdant river valleys, we trek within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. The plethora of flora & fauna along the trail, with streams, waterfalls, rivers, ridges, meadows, mountain passes, moraines, etc makes the trail very adventurous.
We will go on exciting side hikes to the Yalung Glacier at 4,580 meters (15,026ft). You will gain great heights before descending back from Kanchenjunga south base camp to Tortong via Ramche. From Tortong, we will be following the same route to descend to Khebang, where the trek ends. From here, drive to Illam and take back-to-back flights to Bhadrapur and Kathmandu.
People and Culture
Kanchenjunga area takes you to the magical Buddhist and Hindu cultural communities. The region is also highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. The locals along the Kanchenjunga south base camp trail will amaze you with their customs and beliefs. From the start to the ending point of the trek, you will meet with people from different communities like Rais, Limbus, Gurungs, Mahars, Chhetris, Brahmins, Newars, Sunwars, etc.
The Kanchenjunga south base camp trek route is rich in both bio and cultural diversity. The scattered stupas, chortens, and prayer flags around the trail reflect the alluring cultural richness of the region. You will be visiting ancient gompas (monasteries) on the way. As the trekking route is untouched and unbothered, you will get a lot of opportunities to unwind and meditate.
The silent forests, gushing sounds of rivers, thrilling hanging bridges, chirping of birds, fresh air, and the scent of nature will let you heal and rejuvenate.
Transportation on Kanchenjunga south base camp trek
We use domestic flights and sharing jeeps to commute between the starting/ending point of the trail. Expenses of all the transportation are covered in our package cost and provided as per the itinerary. Likewise, we also offer airport pick-up and drop service during international as well as domestic flights.
Kanchenjunga south base camp trek required permits
Kanchenjunga south base camp trek permits include Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP) entry permit and a restricted area entry permit. Both permit costs are covered in our Kanchenjunga south base camp trek cost, so you do not have to pay any extra fee.
Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP) entry permit cost: USD 20 per person
Kanchenjunga restricted area entry permit cost: USD 10 per person per week
Trek preparation & fitness level
Unlike other trails, the Kanchenjunga south base camp demands strong fitness, previous trekking experience, and mental wellness. It is not a trek for new trekkers and involves lots of challenging sections. Therefore, participants have to be well prepared before joining the Kanchenjunga south base camp trek for 14 days.
Even though the trek is demanding, you will benefit a lot from the journey, from getting your body toned to unwinding, digital detox, and improving your overall lifestyle. You can do the following things to prepare for Kanchenjunga south base camp trekking:
- Have at least four weeks on hand to get your body physically fit for the trek
- Go on hikes and regular long walks (if possible on hilly roads)
- Join the gym to strengthen your leg muscles, core, and stamina
- You can swim, cycle, and run to improve your stamina.
- Limit your alcohol and cigarette intake.
- Buy your trekking boots early and get used to them.
Government rules for Kanchenjunga south base camp trek
Kanchenjunga south base camp is a restricted area in Nepal. Other than Nepali citizens, anyone else has to get a special permit from the Nepal government to travel in this country. Not only the expensive permit but there are specific strict rules that all foreign travelers have to comply with and that are mentioned below:
- You must trek in at least a group of two people.
- Guides and porters are not counted as participants in the group.
- The trek must be organized by a registered Nepali trekking company.
- No independent guide can help you obtain the restricted area permit.
Optional trekking packages
We have many other adventurous and challenging packages like this one in Nepal. Some of our favorites are Everest Three Passes Trek, Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek, EBC trek with Island Peak Climbing, Nar Phu Valley Trek, Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Trek, Annapurna Circuit with ABC Trek, and Limi Valley Trek.
Similarly, Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek and Makalu Base Camp Trek are two other famous offbeat treks in Nepal. We also have many short treks and tours in Nepal that you can check on our site.
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