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Kanchenjunga Expedition

  • Duration: 51 Days
  • Grade & Elevation: Mountaineering, 29,035 feet
  • Location: Nepal, Kanchenjunga Region
  • Entry/Exit: Kathamndu-Taplejung-KBC
  • Season: Late Sept. to Oct.& April to May
Highlights Kanchenjunga is the third-tallest mountain in the world after Mt. Everest.

Kanchenjunga ExpeditionKanchenjunga is the third-tallest mountain in the world after Mt. Everest and Mt. K2. Kanchenjunga is situated in eastern part of Nepal at 8598m. It was first climbed by a British team in 1956. It is an enormous mountain mass, and many satellite peaks rise from its narrow icy ridges. It is located on the border of Nepal and Sikkim, just 46 miles northwest of Darjeeling. It is the most easterly of the great 8,000 meter peaks of the Himalaya. The peak consists of four summits. The west summit, Yalung Kang, is 8420m high and some people classify it as a separate 8000m peak.

Three first Westerner to explore Kanchenjunga was the British botanist JD Hooker, who visited the area twice in 1848 and 1849. Exploration of the Skim, side of the peak continued with both British and pundit explorers mapping and photographing until 1899. In that year a party led by Douglas fresh field made a circuit of Kanchenjunga and produced what is still one of the most authoritative maps of the region.

The Japanese now took up the challenge and mounted expeditions in 1976, 1973 and 1974 during which they climbed Yalung Kang. A German Expedition climbed Yalung Kang in 1975, and in 1977 an Indian army team mounted the second successful expedition to the main peak of Kanchenjunga.

The route (North Face) is definitely the safest, although not the easiest. Climb of Kanchenjunga begin from a charming base camp in the meadows of Panorama at 5,180 m. First challenge is to fix lines up 900 m of intricate mixed climbing to the North col. This provides the most challenging climbing of the expedition. Once creating a lifeline to and from the North Col you can begin the long process of establishing three camps up the long and complicated North ridge. Using Sherpa support and oxygen, you can move at a systematically slow velocity higher and higher up the mountain. This is a highly satisfying climb for the expert Climbers.

We have run many successful and safe expeditions however you must understand this is as real as it gets. We try our best with safety and gear within the limits of the expedition budget but this is 8000m and anything can happen. Even with good gear, good everything, the risk of death is small BUT REAL.

There is UNAVOIDABLE avalanche and search danger, although the probability is low. If you haven't climbed to 8000m before you will find the mountain bigger and scarier than you ever imagined. We try our best and we are very responsible, caring people HOWEVER we are not liable for anything, full stop.

Mentally, you should not be on this expedition unless you think you can climb to the summit, there is a lot of power is positive thinking. At the same time you must be prepared for disappointment; conditions may not be perfect, you may struggle at extreme altitude etc. This is a professionally lead expedition.

Your guide and crew are there to manage the logistics of the expedition not to haul you up the mountain or be personal servants. Your guide is there because he is familiar with the mountain and big expeditions, to assist in being a climbing partner, to make difficult judgment decisions and to generally manage the expedition.

Your guide will accompany the team on the majority of the acclimatization trips and will endeavor to summit with you, but this is not a guarantee. The Sherpas will summit with the expedition members. We live together for more than a month so please have consideration for your fellow team members, crew and guide, and other mountaineers.

Being polite and reasonable goes a long way; even minor dehydration makes almost anyone surprisingly irritable and intractable).

Experience and fitness:
Despite the relatively non-technical nature you MUST have some mountaineering experience and MUST have been to 6000m before. The fitter you are when you arrive the better.
You must be at least moderately fit, your fitness will build remarkably on the mountain. Don't underestimate the difficulty and strength of will required to climb at over 7000m.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast
  • Permit Fee (Royalty) Kanchanjunga
  • All land transfer in Nepal.
  • Full board trekking with lodge & Food for BC Expedition period.
  • Essential Porters to Kanchanjunga B.C. & while back.
  • Trekking equipments for BC, 1 tent for 2 persons, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chares & Mattresses.
  • All kitchen equipment.
  • Staff allowance, Liaison officer allowances, equipment allowances,
  • Permit and National park fees
  • Base camp Guide, Cook, and Kitchen helper.
  • All necessary taxes.
  • Our service charge.
  • Airfare from / to your country.
  • Nepal entry visa fee. (can be obtained at the airport upon arrival)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • High altitude food and fuel above base camp.
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment above base camp.
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical and emergency evacuation.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving to Nepal by air or road.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and Email, etc.
  • International airport departure tax, tourist tax.
  • Tips and bonuses.
  • Garbage fee. (refundable)
How this trip makes a difference!
Creative Hands Every booking you make creates a donation. Ghale Treks is a proud supporter of Creative Hands a social welfare organization. We send part of your service charge to Creative Hands who support worthy causes in poorer communities. Your money will go to education, disabled or physically challenged people, street children, victims, and those living in rural and remote areas of Nepal. Read more about the great work that Creative Hands do and where your donation goes here:

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