The world's third-highest peak and the second-highest peak in Nepal after Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga (8,586m) is located in the eastern part of Nepal and the northeastern Taplejung district. Among the five peaks of Kanchenjunga, two peaks Kangbachen (7903m) and Yalung Kang (8505m) are inside Nepal and the other three Kangchenjunga Main (8586m), Kangchenjunga Central (8482m), and Kangchenjunga South (8476m) are at the border of Nepal and India. So people of Taplejung worship this mountain as the Five Treasures of Snow. Now a day Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek can do basic tea House trekking.
Kanchenjunga is quite far from the capital city Kathmandu, air and road are the main access for this trip. There is a regular flight from Kathmandu to Suketar or you may fly Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive about seven to eight hours to Taplejung by private vehicle or public bus via Birtamod too. Another option fly Kathmandu to Biratnagar and drive to Basantapur through the Dharan, Chainpur, and Dhankuta. If you are curious to explore more, then you can directly drive from Kathmandu to Birtamod and change the bus to Taplejung also. Anyway, Kanchanjangha is a less-trodden trekking trail in Nepal. Beautiful land escape, amazing mountains view, glaciers, thundering rivers, and people's unique culture, and traditions are the main attraction of this trip. Rarely flora and fauna, including the endangered Red Panda has been conserved by Kanchanjungha Conservation Area Project (KCAP). Normally, this trek starts from Suketar after a scenic flight from Kathmandu and then goes through the Tembewa, Khesewa, Mamanke, Yamphudin, Tortang, Cheram, Ramche (4580m), and Yalung Base Camp or Kanchanjangha South Base Camp (4730m). Or there is an alternative trail from Suketar to Mitlung, Sinwa, Chiruwa, Tapethok, Lelep, Hellok, Lapsetar, Yasang (need one-night tented Camping or stay Yak Harder’s hut here) then get in Tortang for Kanchanjangha South Base Camp and back to Talpejung via Yamphudin, Phumphe, Simbu. Different ethnic groups like Sherpa, Limbu, Bhraman, Chetri, Magar, Rai, etc. live in lower areas and mostly Sherpa and Bhotiya at high elevations.
As Kanchanjangha South Base Camp Trek is in a restricted area, you need a minimum of two people and at least one professional Guide to obtain a special permit, which is needed to apply from the Immigration office in Kathmandu. This trek starts at the lowest elevation of 75 meters at Jhapa until Yalung Base camp at 4730 meters, it can be combined with Kanchanjunga Circuit via Sele La Pass also. Kanchanjunga is one of the best tea houses trekking for less crowded and amazing natural scenery. As this is a recently opened Tea house trekking, trekkers cannot expect many facilities like in other popular tea house treks in Nepal. We at Nepal Mother House Treks are glad to organize your Kanchenjungha trip with an expert local Guide and porters according to your requirements. September to November in autumn and March to May are the best times for this trek. Why are not you getting to Kanchanjungha Base Camp before others do? Mountains are smiling for your warm welcome.