Detracting all the comfort and luxury, Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek pledge to give sanity for a lifetime. The hiking passage of South Kanchenjunga Base Camp is pervaded with extreme wilderness consisting of bountiful cascading waterfalls, bubbling streams and tenuous medicinal floras and fauna.
Though the region is yet to go towards the way of modernization, the route has managed to convert itself from camping to the teahouse trek.
Your stay in the local teahouse endorses to wallow in the daily chores of ethnic Kirati Rai and Limbu. Nonetheless, for adventure rookies, this Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek tenders a camping trek.
Setting off the journey from the lowland of Bhadrapur or Birtamod, the trail enchants you with eye-pleasing views of the massive Tea Plantation in Ilam.
Interesting Story behind the name of Kanchenjunga
Before it was baptized Kanchenjunga, the mountain was spelt Kang-Chen-Zod-Nga, which in Tibetan allude to Five Jewels of Snow. Locals give credence to Kanchenjunga as the sanctuary of Limbu’s goddesses Yuma Sammang(Faktalung).
However, for the mountaineers, Kanchenjunga is the alias of challenge and adventure. It makes no difference whoever calls Kanchenjunga with whatever alternatives, you just engulf in the jaunt to the world’s third-highest Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek.
Espouse Sedulous mountain vistas from the trek route of Kanchenjunga South Base Camp
In the passage from Tseram to Oktang, trekkers can delve amidst the vistas of the enticing mountain scenery of Nepal’s various top-rated mountains. Along with some other Nepal’s highest Himalaya peaks, Mt Jannu, Yalung Glacier and Mt. Makalu are seen incredibly beautiful from the path of the south Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
Soul catching isolated Kanchenjunga Village offering overwhelming hospitality
Inhabited densely by the Limbu and Rai tribes of Kirati Group, the Kanchenjunga trekking trail serves well for cultural explorers too. The benefaction of cultural Limbu and Rai people is experienced profusely on this trek route. After the strenuous day’s walk, the time which you get to spend with these local tribes leaves you with eternal happiness.
The inhabitants of Kanchenjunga, mainly Limbhu are habitual to offering homemade millet beverages to their local guests. Thus to give your tongue a new taste, make sure to try this beverage. Locally, the millet Juice is called Tongba. To have a deep insight into the Limbu culture and tradition visit Limbu cultural central museum at Mamankhe. Mamankhe is the ethnic Limbhu village in the trekking trail of Kanchenjunga South Base Camp in eastern Nepal.
Saunter around the cardamom farmlands and appreciate locals hard work
As you make the journey towards Taplejung, the cardamom farming land in the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek route accompany you. Witnessing the Cardamom farmland, there is no denying that cardamom has been the major income source of the locals of this region.
Scads of vegetation witnessing meagre trekkers
Traversing the jaunting route from the lower elevation of Taplejung to the higher altitude of Ramzher and Oktang, the trail showcases how much difference is there in vegetation in between.
From the prospect of Nepal, 8586m elevated Kanchenjunga is the second highest peak. Unlike the trek to the base camp of the world’s highest Mount Everest, the trekking route of Kanchenjunga Base Camp sees a trickle of trekkers all year round. And the presence of few people on this hiking route is the reason why it is much challenging and adventurous. Offering you the full wilderness, a trek to this route urges high endurance capacity. The presence of plentiful wooden bridges over the streams adds more thrill to your journey.
Protected under the title of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, the ambience of this area provides the best exploration of the wildlife and vegetation. The lush forests are sure to give the most appealing scenery to the visitors. Moreover, looking at the slanted hill explore how the crops are cultivated in this region.
Trekkers are unaware of what they are missing by ignoring this eastern region trek of Nepal.
At which season, trekkers can enjoy the most out of all seasons in Kanchenjunga Base Camp?
With some trekkers on the way, the route of Kanchenjunga Base Camp during the Autumn and Spring season calls the trekkers with their unique ornaments. Where the spring season, gives you a glance of the newly produced animals and wild vegetation, the season of Autumn amplifies your luck by letting you linger amidst the forest of Rhododendron, Juniper and Pine. Another striking attraction of this Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek in Spring and Autumn is the azure reflecting superb mountain views.
Full of water sources, the trek to this reason during winter and summer is not recommended for trekkers. Further, the route of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp is strenuous on its own and does not see many trekkers all its way. During these seasons, the high snowfall and excessive water flow on the trail make the trek most challenging. Thus, with such risk and no one to help during difficulties, it is suggested to skip the Kanchenjunga trek during the offseason period of Winter and Summer.
Available Extensions and Side trips for Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek
Do you have extra vacation left? Are you not sated with merely the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek? Don’t worry, the trek in the Kanchenjunga region repletes all your needs.
Pathivara-At the top hill of Taplejung(3794)
Either at the trek start or end day make sure to visit Pathivara and experience Hindu culture. If you want to spend one extra day then, a trip to Pathivara temple at the start or end of the trek is the foremost option for every trekker reaching here. If possible go for this trip on the return day to Taplejung from the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek.
Situated at the hilltop of Taplejung at 3794m altitude, Pathivara is revered by both Hindu and Limbu pilgrims. For Hindus and Limbus, there are separate priests. Called Mukkumlung by Limbu’s, this holy spot is reachable within one and half hours of driving before hiking for around 2 hours. Pilgrims believe that a visit to this temple fulfils all their wishes and desires if played properly.
Extension with Kanchenjunga North Base Camp
Instead of making the way towards Tortong from Tseram, for this extension, divert your way towards Sele La Pass. Before you reach Sele La Pass, you have to cross other Sinion La Pass and, Mirgin La Pass. From Sele La Pass, make your way to Gunsa from where a trek to Kambachen and Lonak leads to Pangpema. Pangpema on the north side of Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
With the sheer level of fitness, the trek is specially dedicated to thrill and adventure seekers. Though not the extreme one a little bit of hiking experience is mandatory to overcome the encountered challenges in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking trails. The normal fitness level does not work here.
If you are a tyro and wish to wallow in the allure of the Kanchenjunga region, first give yourself some time for short and easy Nepal trekking.
Flight option 1
Fly Kathmandu to Suketar and drive around 30min to reach Taplejung. From Taplejung the official Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek starts.
Flight Option 2
Kathmandu to Biratnagar and Drive 11 hours to Taplejung (Phunlingbazar)
Flight Option 3
Kathmandu to Bhadrapur flight and drive around 9 hours to Taplejung return respectively
20 hour Kathmandu to Taplejung drive
Internet, Wifi Connection
- 1st day at Taplejung strong internet connection
- On the way up to Ranipul LTE connection
- Gunsa also LTE connection (For those opting for the extension of north Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek)
- Above Gunsa only satellite telephone works (no work of other networks)
No scarcity of water throughout the route but normally use water purification tablets else buy hot water. Carry two water bottles one thermal another normal bottle to carry cold water. Bottled mineral water is not available.
Selection of viands is limited during Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek
If you seek food variety, get ready for the disappointment. But, if you are thankful to simple Nepali Dal Bhat, there remains nothing to regret for. Besides Dhal Bhat other available basic foods are Tibetan bread, Chappatte, noodles, boiled egg, and seasonal vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower).
For beverage lovers, a traditionally prepared millet juice is available in the Limbhu settlements. The millet juice is called Tongba.
Locally called Churpi, dry cheese made out of the Yak milk is there in the settlements to give you a new taste.
Essential Permits for South Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga region at the India Sikkim border in the eastern section of Nepal is the restricted region of Nepal. Thus to trek to Kanchenjunga South Base camp, trekkers have to issue a special permit which can be acquired from the registered trekking companies in Nepal. If you are planning to do the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek solo, then immediately skip that thought from your mind. To opt for this trek, you have to be in a group of a minimum of two people. Further, along with your group, a government licenced Guide should also be there during your entire journey.
Besides, the special permit another required permit is the entry permit of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Unlike other regions’ trek, you needn’t have to carry Trekker’s Information Management System(TIMS) card while joining this trek.