Kanchenjunga Expedition

Kanchenjunga Expedition
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Facts About Kanchenjunga Expedition

Grade

Challenging

Max Size

1-15

Altitude

8586 m

Transportation

Privet Jeep/ Plane

Accomodation

Lodge

Major Activity

Trekking & Expedition

Himalayan Sights

Kanchenjunga range

Starts/Ends

Kathamandu - Kathmandu

Duration:

58 days

Trip Overview

Mount Kanchenjunga Expedition peak is the third highest peak of the world lies on the Nepal-India Border section of the mighty Himalaya.

The peak of Kanchenjunga was first ascended by a British Expedition team of Joe Brown and George Band in May 25, 1955. The name “Kanchenjunga” literally means “the Five Treasures of Snows”, as it contains five peaks, of which four of them are over 8,450 m (27,720 ft). The five treasures of the god are Gold, Silver, Gems, Grain and Holy book. The five peaks of Mt Kanchenjunga are Kanchenjunga main (8586 m.), Kanchenjunga West (Yalung Kang) (8,505 m.), Kanchenjunga Central (Middle) (8,482 m.), Kanchenjunga South (8,494 m.) and Kangbachen (7,903 m.).

In the Taplejung district of Nepal, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project is run by the World Wildlife Fund jointly associated with the Government of Nepal. Kanchenjunga Expedition is one of the most challenging expedition peaks in Nepal and across the world. The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area covers a total area of 2,035 square km (786 sq mi) comprising of beautiful cultivated farmlands, pasturelands, high altitude rivers and lakes, Moraine Glaciers and the two peaks of the Kanchenjunga.

Kanchenjunga Expedition leads you to a park which encloses a diverse range of highland vegetation ranging from the temperate Broadleaf and mixed forests of oaks, fir, birch, maple. Willow in the lower elevation and Alpine Grass and shrubs with some medicinal plants and herbs in relatively high altitude. This diverse vegetation makes the region suitable for a wide range of Flora, Fauna and Avifauna to survive.

Kanchenjunga Expedition Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu (TIA

Arrive Kathmandu (TIA), on arrival our representative will receive you and transfer to the hotel and welcome dinner in the evening.

Day 2 : Stay in Kathmandu for the permits and doing preparation for climbing.

Stay in Kathmandu for the permits and doing preparation for climbing.

 

Day 3 : Take an early flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur & then drive to Phidim. Overnight in Lodge.

Take an early flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur & then drive to Phidim. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 4 : Trek from Phidim to Tharpu/Panchami. Overnight in Camp.

Trek from Phidim to Tharpu/Panchami. Overnight in Camp.

Day 5 : Trek from Tharpu to Doban. Overnight in Camp.

Trek from Tharpu to Doban. Overnight in Camp.

 

Day 6 : Trek from Doban to Khewang. Overnight in Camp.

Trek from Doban to Khewang. Overnight in Camp.

Day 7 : Trek from Khewang to Yamphudin Bhote Gaun. Overnight in Camp.

Trek from Khewang to Yamphudin Bhote Gaun. Overnight in Camp.

Day 8 : Trek from Yamphudin Bhote Gaun to Torontang forest camp. Overnight in Camp.

Trek from Yamphudin Bhote Gaun to Torontang forest camp. Overnight in Camp.

Day 9 : Trek from Torontang Forest Camp to Tseram. Overnight in Camp.

Trek from Torontang Forest Camp to Tseram. Overnight in Camp.

 

Day 10 : Trek from Tseram to Ramje. Overnight in Camp.

Trek from Tseram to Ramje. Overnight in Camp.

Day 11 : Take a day rest at Ramje as acclimatization day. Overnight in Camp.

Take a day rest at Ramje as acclimatization day. Overnight in Camp.

Day 12 : Trek from Ramje to (Moraine) glacier camp. Overnight in Camp.

Trek from Ramje to (Moraine) glacier camp. Overnight in Camp.

Day 13 : Trek from Moraine Glacier to Kuna Camp Overnight in camp.

Trek from Moraine Glacier to Kuna Camp Overnight in camp.

Day 14 : Trek from Kuna Camp to Kanchenjunga BC. Overnight in camp.

Trek from Kuna Camp to Kanchenjunga BC. Overnight in camp.

Day 15 : Take some day at leisure at Base Camp for acclimatization, blessing ceremony & climbing preparation.

Take some day at leisure at Base Camp for acclimatization, blessing ceremony & climbing preparation.

Day 16 - 48 : Mt. Kanchenjunga climbing period.

Mt. Kanchenjunga climbing period.

Day 49 : Trek back to Ramje. Overnight in Camp.

Trek back to Ramje. Overnight in Camp.

Day 50 : Trek down to Torontang forest camp. Overnight in Camp.

Trek down to Torontang forest camp. Overnight in Camp.

Day 51 : rek to Yamphudin Bhote Gaun. Overnight in Camp.

rek to Yamphudin Bhote Gaun. Overnight in Camp.

Day 52 : Trek to Khewang. Overnight in Camp.

Trek to Khewang. Overnight in Camp.

Day 53 : Trek to Panchami. Overnight in Camp.

Trek to Panchami. Overnight in Camp.

Day 54 : Trek Back to Tharpu. Overnight in Camp.

Trek Back to Tharpu. Overnight in Camp.

Day 55 : Take a drive from Tharpu to Bhadrapur

Take a drive from Tharpu to Bhadrapur

Day 56 : From Bhadrapur take a flight back to Kathmandu transfer to hotel.

From Bhadrapur take a flight back to Kathmandu transfer to hotel.

Day 57 : Leisure in Kathmandu

Leisure in Kathmandu

Day 58 : Departure to your next destination.

Departure to your next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers (domestic and international both)
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Climbing Permit fee for Mt Kanchenjunga
  • Food & Fuel during the trek and expedition period
  • North Face or similar quality high altitude tent for higher camps
  • Single tent for each member, staffs, climbing Sherpa at the base camp
  • 5/5 bottles of oxygen per member and guide with mask and regulator
  • Staff: Base camp Guide, Cook, Cook helper
  • Porters/Yaks to and from base camp
  • One high altitude Sherpa for one climber (1:1) who assist you whilst on climbing and summit attempt as well as carries food and gears to high camps
  • Government liaison officer, his insurance, daily allowance, equipment allowance and flight fares
  • Flight fare for member and staff (Jomsom - Pokhara)
  • Insurance, equipment allowance, wages and daily allowance for expedition staffs
  • All camping equipments: sleeping tents, mattress, dining tent, toilet tent, mess tent, store tent, table & chairs and other necessary kitchen utensils whilst on trekking and expedition.
  • Group climbing equipment such as necessary fixed rope, ice screws, ice bars etc.
  • First Aid kit bag, trekking map & duffel bag
  • Solar panel at the base camp
  • Restop toilet bag
  • Satellite phone (Pay Call)
  • Walkie Talkie for each staff and member
  • Mountain cans cleaning at high camps
  • Cargo transportation to supply the food and gears to Beni and back from Jomsom
  • All ground transportation
  • Necessary documentation and governmental official paper work
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations

Cost Excludes

  • Personal climbing gears
  • Extra hotels in Kathmandu (after 5 nights)
  • Personal climbing insurance which covers travel, medical, accident, evacuation etc.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter
  • Applicable permit fees and custom charges for using communication equipment, commercial filming, satellite phone, radio etc.
  • Carrying bonus + Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Custom clearances in Kathmandu International airport
  • Gratitude (tip) for the staff etc.

Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the best seasons for Kanchenjunga Expedition?

Autumn (Sept to Dec) and spring (March – May) is the best time for Kanchenjunga climbing. The climbing ratio is high in autumn in compare to spring for Kanchenjunga expeditions.

I don’t have any climbing experience; can I go for this expedition?

You need to have extensive mountaineering experiences to join Kanchenjunga Expedition. Stable health with daily 6-7 hours walking ability is also essential for the trip. One should be mentally and physically fit to accomplish this trip easily and happily. Trekking experience in high altitudes will make this trip easier.

Do I need to be fit for peak climbing?

Yes only a person with good mental and physical condition with stable health can go for this trip.
If you have any health problem we recommend you to consult your doctor before going on this trip to make your trip successful easily and happily.

Where to stay during the night?

You will have enough options of staying in local lodges to tourist standard hotels in some places during the trek. You will have food and accommodation in tea houses. In the busy season you might adjust in kitchen rooms. In the high altitudes we will stay in camps or tents.

What to eat during peak climbing?

You can order from the available menu where you are going to stay. Because of the well-developed trekking route, this area offers continental and local Nepalese food available. While camping, our cook will prepare food for whole team.

Do I need climbing permit?

Yes climbing permit is required to climb any peak over 5000m. Climbing without a permit is illegal.

Is there any means of communication while we are trekking?

It depends on the area you are trekking. Most of the area in trekking route has VHF phones. Some area also gets mobile coverage but in remote communication is not available or very limited so only option would be satellite phone.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes you must have travel insurance which can cover the helicopter rescue and medical fee coverage in case of any kinds of emergency. Sometime altitude sickness makes you in difficult situation and need to airlift to Kathmandu. So the insurance need to cover these expenses.

Do I find ATMs on the way?

The answer is No! You will not find any ATMs on the way to trek. ATMs are available in big cities like Kathmandu.

Note: Everything you buy must be paid in Nepali currency. So, it is wise to exchange money before the trek.

Do I have to carry a backpack?

No, we have porters who carry your heavy gear but you have to carry light day-pack containing water bottle, camera, sunglasses, extra layer of clothing, rain coat or wind breaker and snacks.

What if the guide or porters leaves me alone in the trail?

Don’t worry, we provide only experienced and reliable guides and porters. We guarantee that your guides and porters won’t disappear throughout your trip. In case they did, we will immediately send you new guide or porter to help you.

Additional Information

Additional Information About- Mt Kanchenjunga Expedition

Mt Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 8,586 meters (28,169 feet). It is located in the eastern Himalayas on the border between Nepal and India. The mountain is considered sacred by the local people and is surrounded by a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Kanchenjunga was first climbed in 1955 by a British expedition led by Charles Evans. Since then, there have been several successful expeditions to the summit, but it remains a challenging climb due to its remote location, unpredictable weather, and difficult terrain.

The most popular route to climb Mt Kanchenjunga is from the Nepalese side, via the south-west face. The climb usually takes around 45 to 60 days, depending on the weather conditions and the physical fitness of the climbers. The route involves traversing glaciers, steep ice and rock faces, and exposed ridges.

Climbers need to obtain a permit from the Nepalese government to climb Mt Kanchenjunga, and they are also required to hire local guides and porters. The best time to climb Kanchenjunga is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is relatively stable.

It is important for climbers to have previous mountaineering experience and a good level of physical fitness before attempting to climb Mt Kanchenjunga. They should also be prepared for the challenges of high-altitude climbing, including acclimatization, altitude sickness, and extreme weather conditions.

Best Time for Mt Kanchenjunga Expedition

The best time for a Mt Kanchenjunga expedition is during the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons. The pre-monsoon season is from March to May, while the post-monsoon season is from September to November.

During the pre-monsoon season, the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, providing excellent visibility. The temperatures are also relatively warm, making it a comfortable time to climb. However, there may be some snowfall, and the winds can be strong.

During the post-monsoon season, the weather is cooler, and the skies are still relatively clear. The trail is also less crowded during this time, making it a good option for those who prefer a quieter climb. However, there may be more snow on the trail, and the winds can be stronger than during the pre-monsoon season.

It's important to note that climbing Mt Kanchenjunga is a challenging and physically demanding endeavor that requires proper training, equipment, and experience. Therefore, it's essential to plan your expedition carefully and consult with experienced guides and climbers.

Permits for Mt Kanchenjunga Expedition

To obtain a permit for a Mt Kanchenjunga expedition, you will need to follow the regulations set by the Nepalese government. Here are the general steps you need to take:

Find a local Nepalese trekking agency that can help you with the permit application process. They can assist with the necessary paperwork and guide you through the process.

Obtain a climbing permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) or the Ministry of Tourism. You will need to submit your itinerary, climbing route, and other relevant details.

Obtain a trekking permit from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) or Department of Immigration. This is required for all treks and expeditions in Nepal.

Pay the required permit fees, which vary depending on the number of climbers, the length of the expedition, and other factors.

Provide the necessary documents, including passport copies, visa copies, and other relevant paperwork.

Wait for the permit to be approved. This process can take several weeks or even months, so it's important to plan well in advance.

Once you have obtained the necessary permits, you can begin your expedition to Mt Kanchenjunga. It's important to follow all rules and regulations set by the Nepalese government to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

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