Mount Kanchenjunga Expedition

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Trip Facts

  • Destinations: Nepal
  • Total Duration: 58 Days
  • Trekking Duration:
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous Plus
  • Max Elevation: 8586m
  • Best Season: March - May
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Starting point of trek: Taplejug Bazaar
  • Finishing point of trek: Taplejung Bazaar
  • Meals and Drinks: Camping food & drinks
  • Group Size: 2 to 12

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  • Destination:Nepal

Mount Kanchenjunga is situated in the eastern north part of Nepal in Taplejung District between Nepal and Sikkim India Standing at 8586m.

Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world and it was first climbed by a British team on 25 May 1955. But before it some British and German expedition team several times tried to summit the peak but they were failed to top. Kanchenjunga Mountain is in Kanchenjunga conservation area project. The people of this area are Limbu who follows Kirat religion and they believe Mount Kanchenjunga is as a holy mountain spirit of god.

Kanchenjunga was explored from Sikkim India side before as British were in India but later When the Sikkim entrance was closed, Nepal entrance was opened, a team in 1955 led by Dr. Charl Evans surgeon approached the peak via the Yalung Glacier. He had previously climbed many of the classic routes in the Alps and put this experience to good use during travels in Sikkim and the Himalaya during the war.

British, German and Japanese team were to competitive summit the Kanchenjunga. The Japanese team time to time took up the challenge and mounted expeditions in 1967, 1973 and 1974. When they had climbed Yalung Kang, a German Expedition climbed Yalung Kang in 1975.

Kanchenjunga has a massif peaks Main Kanchenjunga 8586m, Kanchenjunga West 8505m, Kanchenjunga Central 8482m and Kanchenjunga South 8494m.

Kanchenjunga South Face Route Camps:

  • After Ramche camping in Glacier at 5175m where Our Sherpa guide will instruct some advanced mountaineering training.
  • Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5400m) (about 4hrs)
  • Kanchenjunga Yalung base camp is located on a rocky moraine with panorama views of the Kanchenjunga massive.
  • Kanchenjunga Camp 1 6200m)(4hrs)
  • Kanchenjunga Camp 2 (6400m) (3hrs)
  • The climbing from camp I to camp II is the moderate technical section.
  • Kanchenjunga Camp 3(7100m)(5hrs)
  • Camp II to camp III is the longest climbing route an elevation gain of 700m.
  • Kanchenjunga Camp 4 (7550m)(4hrs)
  • Climbing from camp 3 to camp 4 continue on the plateau where there are crevasses and Oxygen levels are very low at this altitude. The snow slope is covering a layer of ice which makes the section avalanche.
  • Kanchenjunga Summit (8586m) (16-17hrs)
  • The Summit day interesting and the main goal.The summit usually at 11:00 pm if the weather is favorable and the summit is between 7-9am.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Climbing preparation Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Day 03: Expedition briefing tourism department
  • Day 04: Fly to Bhadrapur to Ilam (1200m) by bus (2hrs)
  • Day 05: llam to Tabplejung Bazar (1820m) (7-8hrs) by bus
  • Day 06: Taplejung bazar to Lali kharka (2225m) (4-5hrs)
  • Day 07: Lali Kharka to Khesewa (2120m) (max. 6hrs)
  • Day 08: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m) (max. 6hrs)
  • Day 09: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m) (max. 4hrs)
  • Day 10: is short day walking to Yamphudin.
  • Day 11: Yamphudin to Tortang (3000m)(7hrs)
  • Day 12: Tortang to Tseram (3870m) (4hrs)
  • Day 13: Tseram to Ramche (4360m)(max. 4hrs)
  • Day 14: Acclimatize in Ramche
  • Day 15: Ramche to Yalung glacier camp (5175m) (4-5hrs)
  • Day 16: Yalung Glacier to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5400m)(4hrs)
  • Day 17-49: climbing Mt Kanchenjunga period.
  • Day 50: Trek from base camp to Ramche camping (6-7hrs)
  • Day 51: Ramche – Tortong camping (5-6hrs)
  • Day 52: Tortong - Yamphudin camping (7hrs)
  • Day 53: Yamphudin - Khesewa camping (7-8hrs)
  • Day 54: Khesewa – Taplejung bazar at Lodge (7-8hrs)
  • Day 55: Taplejung Bazar to Bhadrapur by bus
  • Day 56: Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu- transfer hotel
  • Day 57: Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 58: Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Climbing preparation Mt. Kanchenjunga

Day 03: Expedition briefing tourism department

Day 04: Fly to Bhadrapur to Ilam (1200m) by bus (2hrs)

Day 05: llam to Tabplejung Bazar (1820m) (7-8hrs) by bus

Day 06: Taplejung bazar to Lali kharka (2225m) (4-5hrs)

Our field staff are handover their responsibility job and begins the trek climbing up to Suketar Air trip from here flat and gradually walk leads forest of rhododendron and bamboo bush reach at Surke Danda (2560m) is a route split point. The trail to Kanchenjunga descends to forest encounters gravel roads several times and there is Lalikharka village has some tea shops for mainly local people.

Day 07: Lali Kharka to Khesewa (2120m) (max. 6hrs)

Heading down through field terrace to Village of Tembewa from here continue descend passing rice, millet and wheat fields at the end the Phawa Khola where a suspension bridge is crossed then the trail climbs to village of Kunjuri again continue following up trekking trail reach at Kande Bhanjyang( 2129m) from where nice views of Kanchenjunga (8586m) Kumbhakarna(7710m) and Kyabru i(7412m). A short climbing trail turns to down about 30 minute to Khesewa a beautiful village of Limbu.

Day 08: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m) (max. 6hrs)

The tail to Mamankhe follows down rice terrace field to Nandeva Khola is crossed further ahead, the route enters through dense forest and the village of Yanthung. The sinuous trail then the trail directs to bank of the Kabeli Khola. The trail enters terraced fields and a village. We continue ascending till we reach Ponpe Danda view point of Kumbhakarna. We continue descend along the winding path arrives at Khaksewa Khola where a suspension bridge is crossed then continue ascending to village of Mamankhe is a large and charming Limbu community.

Day 09: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m) (max. 4hrs)

Day 10: is short day walking to Yamphudin.

The trail climbs hillside above the Kabeli Khola. We cross the ridges and stream beds and offers valley views and the trail eventually becomes level with the river a couple of hours before Yamphudin. Passing suspension bridges under rocks we continue walk to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote and last settlement of Taplejung District. Local people are Sherpa.

Day 11: Yamphudin to Tortang (3000m)(7hrs)

Beyond Yamphudin, the trail ascends a steep on the west side of Amje Khola passing through a beautiful and dense forest to Chitre(2982m) meadow. Further climbing up to Laslya Bhanjyang or Ramite Bhanjyang (3310m). Beautiful forest of pine, rhododendron and cedar trees are dripped with long and dark Spanish moss. Beyond the Bhanjyang the path skirts a big landslide and then descends passing magnificent jungle to Tortang. Just before reaching Tortang, Simbua Khola is crossed on wooden bridge. Tortang camp side is surrounded by forest on bank of Simbua Khola.

Day 12: Tortang to Tseram (3870m) (4hrs)

The trail to Tseram follows up rhododendron and pine forest. It is easy walk along the Simbua Khola on the right side. The trail is fairly steep and, as the day progresses, the trees become sparser and more stunted on higher altitude there appear glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peep over the moraine. Finally at Tseram, where there are seasonal tea houses and yak herds. It is the gate way to Ghunsa north Kanchejunga trek and Base Camp.

Day 13: Tseram to Ramche (4360m)(max. 4hrs)

Today's destination is at Ramche. Walking on alpine grassy land and forest. On the left side to trail is to Margin La. The scenery is magnificent encounters mani walls. A frozen lake, crystal clear streams and views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of trail to Ramche which is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone. Ramche is a flat big grassy land where there are basic tea houses available in trekking season.

Day 14: Acclimatize in Ramche

At high altitude acclimatize is very necessary to adopt our body to produce more red cells.it has many places for hiking and exploring.

Day 15: Ramche to Yalung glacier camp (5175m) (4-5hrs)

Day 16: Yalung Glacier to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5400m)(4hrs)

Day 17-49: climbing Mt Kanchenjunga period.

Day 50: Trek from base camp to Ramche camping (6-7hrs)

Day 51: Ramche – Tortong camping (5-6hrs)

Day 52: Tortong - Yamphudin camping (7hrs)

Day 53: Yamphudin - Khesewa camping (7-8hrs)

Day 54: Khesewa – Taplejung bazar at Lodge (7-8hrs)

Day 55: Taplejung Bazar to Bhadrapur by bus

Day 56: Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu- transfer hotel

Day 57: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 58: Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops off.
  • 5 Nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with B & B
  • Kanchenjunga climbing permit 8586m
  • Fly to Bhadrapur, drive to Ilam to Taplejung Bazar stay at hotel
  • Trekking food & expedition food Kanchenjunga base camp
  • Guide, cook, kitchen boy and porter to Kanchenjunga B C
  • 1 tent sharing by 2 people during trek and1 member 1 tent in B.C.
  • Dining tent, table, chair, mattresses, shower tent, and toilet tent
  • Equipment allowances and insurance for Liaison officer
  • Insurance for all the staff and salary for guide, cook, porter
  • Equipment for the cook, mountain guide
  • Base camp guide, cook, and kitchen boy
  • Porter carries 30kg climbing equipment
  • Solar lighting in base camp

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals, lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge more than airlines allowed both domestic and international
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone & laundry
  • Visa fee (easily get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport)
  • Tips and gratuities for staffs.
  • Trips cancellation costs, accident or health emergency,
  • Lost theft and damage to baggage
  • Emergency rescue evacuation
  • Personal satellite phone permit
  • Tips and gratuities for staffs
  • Climbing food, tents, cooking fuel
  • Our service is 0 above the base camp
  • Summit Bonus for climbing guide
  • Garbage deposit USD 3000 deposit
  • The deposit is not refunded unless bringing back the garbage.

Equipments & Gears

Climbing Gears (personal)

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screwgate karabiners (2 locks, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/eight figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/ Jumar
  • Helmet

Group Climbing Gears:

  • Ice crew
  • Snow bar
  • Rope
  • Ice hammer

Head clothes

  • Light balaclava
  • Sun hat
  • Neck cover
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection minimum 50+sun block lotion

Clothing lower Body

Hiking shorts

  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Polypropylene shirts
  • Light expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof shell pant

Clothes upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof breathable fabric shell jacket
  • Down vest/jacket     

Feet clothes

  • Thick warm wool socks
  • Thin lightweight inner socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Light camp shoes or sandals
  • Gaiters

Hands clothes

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  •  Mittens waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated -30 degrees (extra sleeping bag rated -15-20 for base camp)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Large plastic to keep clothes dry
  • Daypack/backpack waterproof of 35to 50kg
  • Large waterproof rucksack/ duffel bag
  • Trekking Poles
  • 2 water bottle contains more than 1 ltr for cold and hot water
  • Toilet papers
  • Earplugs
  • Electronic charging devices

Medical

  • Basic first aid kit
  • Pills Anti-headache
  • Pills anti-diarrhea
  • Water purification tablets
  • Aspirin
  • Diamox
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • First-aid tape
  • Sunscreen

Free time (your choice)

  • Binocular, camera
  • Pen and notebook
  • Reading books
  • Indoor games

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