Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek - 19 Nights/ 20 Days

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp

Kanchenjunga is towards the far eastern part of Nepal protected under Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project. This alternative route is for someone seeking peace in nature. This route encompasses, himalayan coniferous forest, alpine shrubs, meadows, and grassland. This trek very new and is specially focused for the south base camp.

The most important river in the Mechi Zone is Mechi, tributary of the Mahananda River.Another river is Tamor. In the northern part of the zone, mainly in the Taplejung district which lies is in the eastern himalayas consists of several high mountains. The landscape of Kanchenjunga covers an area of 5190 sq. km extending over parts of Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar and Taplejung districts in federal province number 1 in the country’s eastern development region. It consist Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain in Taplejung district as its symbolic icon and also wide variety of biological and natural resources, as well as a diversity of people and cultural heritage. All these offerings coincided with holy and religious site of Pathivara temple that can present this region as a highly potential destination for tourism in Eastern Nepal.

Best time to Travel: September-November (Autumn) March to May (Spring)

DAY 1: Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Pashupatinagar-Cha Ghare (1986 m) Walking hours: 3 hrs

Drive to Tribhuvan International Airport: Flight to Bhadrapur which takes around 50 minutes from kathmandu. Drive to Pashupatinagar at an altitude of 1986m in Jeep from Bhadrapur airport. After having lunch at Pashupatinagar in local restaurant, treking begins. Walk 03 hrs from Pashupatinagar to reach Cha Ghare. Overnight stay in homestay run by Sherpa family.

DAY 2: Cha Ghare to Tumling (2915 m) / Walking hours: 6 hrs

After breakfast, walk to the hill through pine forest. On the way, visit Chittrey Monastery(Marpha) at the altitude of 2327 m. The monastery built by Yogi Nagthana Tsampa, born in Ladak (India) small village called Rumback. From there, continue walking through the village to Lamedhure and have lunch. After lunch, start a trek to reach Tumling & overnight homestay with Gurung family and have dinner, the local taste. Animals: Red Panda, Wild Cats, Deer Inhabitants: Sherpa, Gurung, Magar, Brahmin. Birds: Eagles, black crow, Lophura leucomelanos Trees & Herbs: Swertia chirata, Himalayan Yew, Aconitum palmatum

DAY 3: Tumling to Kalapokhari (India - Nepal border 3014 m) / Walking hours: 6 hrs

Early morning, have a view of Kanchanjunga in Three dimension 60° angle/Mount Pandim /Mount Everest. After Breakfast trek to Kalapokhari via Jaubare, a small village and reach Gairibas and proceed to Kaiyakatta and have lunch there. After lunch, then start trek to reach Kalapokhari via Batase & stay overnight at Kalapokhari homestay. Animals: Red panda, Wild sheep, leopard, bear, goat, tiger, Wild boar Inhabitants: Sherpa, Gurung, Rai, limbu Birds: Lophura leucomelanos, Eagle, Drongus Dicrurus, Parus monticolus Trees & Herbs: Aconitum ferox wall, Aconitum palmatum (black & white), Aconitum palmatum

DAY 4:Kalapokhari / Sandakpur (3584 m) to Char Rate (3320 m) where Yak Festival is organized / Walking hours: 6 hrs

After breakfast, walk uphill to Chauri chowk/bikey bhanjhyang / sandakpur & have lunch in Sandakpur. After lunch, walk downhill to Char Rate and overnight stay in a tented camp. Char Rate is the place where every year in the month of April, Yak Festival is celebrated.

Animals: Red panda, leopard, bear, goat, tiger, wild boar, Yak Inhabitants: Rai ,Limbu, Magar, Tamang Birds: Spiny Babbler, Upupa epops Linnaeus, Commongreen magpie Trees & Herbs: Aconitum ferox wall, Paris polyphylla, Rhododendron tree

DAY 5: Char Rate to Tori phuley (3400 m)/ Walking hours: 6 hrs

After breakfast, trek uphill to Ghaley Bhanjhyang/Thokum/Nepal Tar & have lunch in Gorkheypani. After lunch, trek to Tori Phuley in and stay overnight in tented camp. Animals: Red Panda, Leopard, Bear, Tiger, Wild Boar Inhabitants: Rai, Limbu, Magar,Tamang Birds: Spiny Babbler, Upupa epops Linnaeus, White Wagtail, Himalayan Wood Pecker, Lophophorus imimpejanus, Hyblaea puera Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum, Dactylorhiza hatagirea,

DAY 6: Tori phuley to Chewa Bhanjhyang(3230 m) (Nepal- India border) / Walking hours: 6 hrs

After breakfast, trek uphill to Gosa/Bhalujhorini/Gairi & have lunch in Sallery then trek downhill to Parde Bhanjhyang then to Chewa bhanjhyang, overnight stay in tented camp. Animal: Red Panda, Leopard, Bear, Tiger People: Rai, Limbu, Gurung Birds: Spiny Babbler, Upupa epops Linnaeus, Turdoides nipalensis, Barred cuckoo dove. Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum, Dactylorhiza hatagirea

DAY 7: Chewa Bhanjhyang to Gairidanda (3414 m) / Walking hours: 6hrs

After breakfast, trek uphill via major view points, beautiful panoramic view of mountains: kanchanjunga/Mount Padim/Bhutan Mountains,Kumbakarna/3 sisters/Makalu/Mount Everest are superbly seen. Then trek downhill via Bale/Labi to reach Phalakhey and have lunch then trek to Bhuspati, reached Gairidanda where overnight stay in tented camp. Animals: Musk Deer, Naemorhedus, Red panda, tiger, bear Inhabitants: Permanent resident not available Birds: Spiny Babbler, Hyblaea puera, Lophophorus, Trees & Herbs: Allium wallichii, rhododendron, Dactylorhiza hatagirea, Aconitum palmatum

DAY 8: Gairidanda to Pahade Megu(3894 m) / Walking hours: 6 hrs

After breakfast trek uphill to Sukedhap and reached Dund & have lunch and then trek to Ghopte/Phedang/Tarunipani and finally reach Pahade Megu and overnight stay in tented camp. Animals: Red panda, Musk deer, snow leopard, wild sheep (brown) Inhabitants: Permanent resident not available Birds: Green tailed sun bird, Spiny Babbler, Hyblaea puera, Lophophorus, Trees & Herbs: Ekley Bir, Allium wallichii, Rhododendron, Dactylorhiza hatagirea, Rhododendron anthopogon, Picrorrhiza kurrora

DAY 9: Pahade Megu to Timbupokhari (4450 m) / Walking hours: 7 hrs

After breakfast uphill trek via Ghumney and have lunch in Ghumney. After lunch, then trek to Timbupokhari, which is a holy place for Buddhist and Hindu people. Overnight stay in Timbupokhari in a tented camp. Animals: Snow leopard, Musk deer, wild sheep (brown) Inhabitants: Permanent resident not available Birds: Lophophorus, dark rumped rosefinch, Columba Leuconota Trees & Herbs: Ekley Bir, Allium wallichii, rhododendron, Dactylorhiza hatagirea, rhododendron anthopogon, Picrorrhiza kurrora, Aconitum palmatum, kenjo, micopila

DAY 10: Timbupokhari to Shivanagi (4108 m) / Walking hours: 6 hrs

After breakfast walk downhill via Thulobhangyang and have a view of kanchanjunga in 180° . From this point, a view of Sikkim village can be seen then trek uphill to Panglang Gairi. On the way Yak castle can be seen. Continue the trek towards Yuwanagi then to Chaurighang and have lunch. After lunch, then visit Thanma Pokhari/lake, Langor Danda/mountain which is in U shape. After that trek downhill to Tawanagi/Shivanagi and overnight stay in tented camp. (Overall trail is challenging).

Animal: Red panda, Musk deer, Snow leopard Inhabitants: Permanent resident not available Birds: Lophophorus, Eurasian treecheeper Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum,Ekley Bir, Rhododendron anthopogon, micopila, kenjo

DAY 11: Timbu Pokhari Acclimatization (Full view of Kanchanjunga)

Stay in tented Camp along with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Animals: Red panda, Musk deer, leopard, bear.wild sheep. Inhabitants: Permanent resident not available Birds: Lophophorus, colamba luekomota Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum,Ekley Bir, Rhododendron anthopogon/p>

DAY 12: Shivanagi to Yamphudin (2068 m) / Walking hours: 6hrs 30 min

After breakfast, strat a trek uphill along with Sunpati Dhup then downhill to Dabala/Twire. After lunch at Dabala, trek to visit yak castel down hill along the kabeli river side with all mountain view and reached Yamphudin. Stay overnight in tented camp in Yamphudin. Animals: Red panda, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Naemorhedus Inhabitants: Rai, Sherpa, Gurung Birds: Lophophorus, greater yellownape, Hyblaea puera, Lophura leucomelanos Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum, Rhododendron anthopogon, Paris polyphylla, Swertia chirata, Saxifraga Ligulata

DAY 13: Yamphudim to Naya Jhorini (3278 m) / Walking hours: 6 hrs

After breakfast trek uphill to Dhupi Danda and have lunch. After lunch, trek through the pine forest and overnight stay at Naya Jhorini in tented camp. Here no mountain view can be observed.
Animals: Red Panda, Leopard, Naemorhedus, Deer Inhabitants: Gurung, Sherpa. Birds: Lophophorus, Hyblaea puera, Chilime Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum, Rhododendron anthopogon, different varieties of rhododendron, Phale bikh, Paris polyphylla Sm

DAY 14: Naya Jhorini to Cheram (3861 m) / Walking hours: 6-7 hrs

After breakfast uphill trek to Toramden and have luch. After lunch trek to Pinuwa reached Phedi and overnight stay in Cheram in tented camp. Walking trail follows the forest and riverside only (Simbu-Him Nadi) Animals: Red panda, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Wild Sheep (brown). Inhabitants: Sherpa Birds: Lophophorus, Himalayan bulbul, Streaked spider hunter, Vulture Trees & Herbs: Ekley Bir, Rhododendron anthopogon, different varieties of rhododendron, Rhododendron lepidotum Wall, Bush cinquefoil

DAY 15: Cheram to Ramje (4475 m) / Walking hours: 6 hrs

After breakfast trek uphill to Yalung/ Ramjer and visit Oktang, have a view of Limbu temple and finally move back to Ramjer where the glacier starts. Saty overnight in tented camp in Ramjer. Animals: Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Wild Sheep (brown) Inhabitants: Sherpa Birds: Lophophorus, Columba Leuconota Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum,Ekley Bir, Rhododendron anthopogon, different varieties of rhododendron, Kenjo, micapila, Allium wallichii

DAY 16: Ramje to Toramden (2950 m) / Walking hours: 7 hrs

After breakfast trek down to Yalung then to Cheram have lunch and trek down along the forest to Toramden. Overnight stay in tented camp in Toramden
Animals: Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Wild Sheep (brown) Inhabitants: Sherpa Birds: Lophophorus Herbs: Aconitum palmatum, Rhododendron anthopogon, different varieties of rhododendron, Rhododendron lepidotum Wall,

DAY 17: Toramden to Yamphudin (2050 m) / Walking hours: 6 hrs

Trek downhill via Naya Jhorini and have lunch. After lunch then trek to Yamphudin. Stay overnight in tented camp in Yamphudin.
Animals: Musk Deer, Naemorhedus, Snow Leopard Inhabitants: Rai , Gurung, Sherpa. Birds: Lophophorus, hyblea puera, Eagle Trees & Herbs: Aconitum palmatum, Swertia chirata

DAY 18: Yamphudin to Kheywang (1450 m) / Walking hours: 5 hrs

After breakfast, trek downhill via Ghanti Chinne Bhanjhyang then reach Ekachana Bhanjhyang. After lunch in Ekachana Bhanjhyang, trek to kabeli and over night at tented camp in Kheywang. Animals: Deer Inhabitants: Rai ,Gurung, Sherpa , Chhetri, Brahmin Birds: Kalij & dove Herbs: Swertia chirata

DAY 19: Kheywang to Hapukhola (1100 m) / 4 hrs walk and Drive to Bhadrapur

After breakfast, trek down via Sallery Danda, have lunch at Kabeli riverside and then trek down to Hapukhola, overnight stay at hotel Krishna International

DAY 20: Fly back to Kathmandu

All the way to your home.

Mt. Kanchenjunga 3rd highest peak in the world
Location: Nepal
Duration: 19 Nights/ 20 Days
Best Time to go: September to November/ March to May

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