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Kanchenjunga South

Start of the Trip: Kathmandu
End of the Trip: Kathmandu
Duration: 14 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Hotels: Primitive
Seasons: October – November, March – May
Maximum Elevation: 4800m

About Mt. Kanchenjunga

Kanchenjunga (8586m) is world’s 3rd largest peak after Everest and K2. It is located in between the borders of Nepal and Sikkim. Kanchenjunga is also commonly referred to as the peak of terror because; it is one of the hardest to climb, after several failed mountain expeditions it was only conquered in 1962. The mountain is sacred to both the Hindus and Buddhists, and mountaineers are no longer permitted to climb the mountain. You are permitted to only trek along the foothills of Kanchenjunga. The area is also a major settlement for Limbus (local inhabitants), who follows a mixed religion of Hinduism, Buddhism and animist beliefs. Trekking through the peaceful Kanchenjunga circuit is a real bliss for trekkers. For those willing to explore the entire Kanchenjunga region, plan a four weeklong trek from North to South Base Camps. It is not possible to circumnavigate around the mountain since it is location in between Nepal and India border. The gateways to this region are Taplejung and Basantapur. You can book a 30-minute flight from Biratnagar to reach Taplejung. Or you can board on a bus from Hile and set out on 37km ride to Basantapur for 1½ hour

About the Trek

The shorter Kanchenjunga trek cuts right through the Kanchenjunga massif, climbs over the ridges before following a trail plunging into seemingly bottomless valleys, throughthe moraine of Yalung Glacier, below the south face of Kanchenjunga. During the trail, you will be covering more than 15000m of altitude change. This trekking route sees few trekkers, as the region is more remote. Peaks start to become more apparent and imposing as you trek onwards to Tseram. There are fewer facilities above Yamphudin and tea houses and shops are sparse, so it is best to be self-sufficient when trekking in this region. The trek begins from Suketar, which can be reached by plane from Biratnagar.

Peaks at Sight

Kanchenjunga, Kyabru (7412), Khumbakarna (7710m), and more.


Jannu Summit, Mamanke village, Rathong (6678m), Kabru Dome (6700m), Yalung Glacier, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and more.

Photos of Kanchenjunga South

Tour Itinerary

Day Section and Altitude Hours

Kathmandu Arrival - Transfer to Suketar

Suketar – Surke Danda (2580m) – Lali Kharka (2220m) – Tembewa (1880m),
180m ascent, 700m descent


4- 5.00



Tembewa – Kunjari (1700m) – Sinchebu Bhanjyang (2240m)- Khesewa (1960m),
810m ascent, 730m descent

5 – 6.00

3 Khesewa – Yangpang – Phumphe (1780m)- Mamanke (1780m), 520m descent, 370m ascent

6 – 7.00


Mamanke – Yamphudin (1690m),
140m descent, 50m ascent

 3 – 4.00

Yamphudin – Dhupi Bhanjyang (2540m)- Amji Khola (2340m),
850m ascent, 200m descent

 3 – 4.30

Amji Khola – Chitre (2920m) – Lamite Bhanjyang (3410m) – Torontan (2990m),
1180m ascent, 530m descent

5 – 6.00


Torontan – Tsento Kang (3360m) – Watha (3370m) – Tseram (3870m),
880m ascent

 4 – 5.00

Tseram – Yalung Bara (4260m) – Lapsang (4430m) – Ramche (4620m),
750m ascent

2 – 3.00 

Day Trip to Yalung Glacier, Return to Tseram,
200m ascent, 950m descent

 6 - 7.00

Tseram to Lamite Bhanjyang,
530m ascent, 990m descent

 6 - 7.00

Lamite Bhanjyang – Yamphudin,
200m ascent, 1920m descent

 4 – 5.30

Yamphudin – Phumphe,
380m ascent, 290m descent

 5 - 6.00

Phumpe – Kunjari,
940 ascent, 930 descent

 6 – 7.00

Kunjari – Suketar,
1150 ascent, 450m descent

Suketar to Kathmandu-Kathmandu Departure

 7 – 8.00

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