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Mt. Kanchenjunga Expedition(8,586 M)

Mt. Kanchenjunga is the 3rd-tallest mountain in the world situated in eastern part of Nepal at 8586m and it was first climbed by a British man Mr George Christopher in May 25th, 1955. 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. It is an enormous mountain mass, and many satellite peaks rise from its narrow icy ridges. The peak consists of four summits. The west summit, Yalung Kang, is 8420m high and some people classify it as a separate 8000m peak. The route (North Face) is definitely the safest, although not the easiest.British botanist JD Hooker the first westerner to explore Kanchenjunga, 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.

In 1976, 1973 and 1974, the Japanese took up the challenge and they climbed Yalung Kang. A German Expedition climbed Yalung Kang in 1975, and in 1977 an Indian army team had made second successful expedition to the main peak of Kanchenjunga. Climb of Kanchenjunga begin from a charming base camp in the meadows of Panorama at 5,180 m. First challenge of the expedition is to fix lines up 900 m of intricate mixed climbing to the North col. Once creating a lifeline to and from the North Col, Our sherpas can begin the long process of establishing three high camps and load ferry of the necessary stuff same time. Once we completed establishing our high camps, acclimatization process then we decent to lower camps for rest and re store of energy. Now we attempt the peak.

Expedition Highlights:

  • Experience 8th highest peak and technically easy but physiologically challenging
  • climb Stunning views of the Dhaulagiri massif.
  • Accessible 8000m climb Himalayan climb and test of skills and physiology for Everest attempt
  • Experience your first 8000m climb on relatively safe route
    Test for mountaineering isolation and psychological endurance
  • Exploring Thakali village and old monasteries, Apple orchards, observing beautiful background of mountain desert (Mustang) and Dolpo range, different community with majority of Magar, Bramhin and Thakali.

Fitness

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Experience

Previous mountaineering experience is required to at least 6000m. You will also need to be very determined. It's a very technical peak among all other 8000meters mountain. To succeed you will need to be extremely fit and have a high level of endurance. You don't need to be fast but you need to be steady and strong. Mental toughness plays a large role as does the ability to relax and let your body acclimatise.

When to go?

Autumn season (Sept-Nov)being the best season for climbing peaks, offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views, and also best season for peak climbing.

Summer months (June-September) of the year which coincides with monsoon begins in mid-June and drains in mid-September making travel wet and warm. The mountain views may not be at their best as rain clouds and haze over hang the mountains occasionally obscuring the enchanting views. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

Spring season (March-May) is the expedition season and the best time for climbing the high peaks. It is mildly warm at lower elevations but occasional haze mars beautiful view of mountains. At higher elevations over 4,000 meters the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate even at night. Recommended season for Kanchenjunga Expedition.

Winter season (December-February) is noted for cold weather with occasional snowfall at higher elevations. Again, excellent views are common. These months are popular and ideal for trekking for those who are well equipped or who remain at lower elevations below 3,000 meters. Most of the hotel owners will come to the lower altitude cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Elevation: 8,586m (28,169ft)

Height Rank:3rd

Prominence:3922m/12,867ft

Location: Nepal/Sikkim border

Coordinates: 27°42′09″ N 88°08′54″ E

First Ascent: British Expedition, May 25, 1955

Climbing Season:Late spring (traditionally less hazardous) and autumn

Expd duration: 60 days (typically)

Climbing duration:32 days (typically)

Group Size: 02-15 person per Group

TREKKING & EXPEDITION ITINEARY (North Ridge)

Day 01: Arrival in KTM, transfer to hotel & short briefing

Day 02: Tour, Necessary preparation, introduction with expedition crew

Day 03: Final preparation and packing

DAY 04: Fly Suketar. Trek to Phurumbu.
DAY 05: Chirwa along Tamor river 
DAY 06: Sekarthum along Ghunsa river 
DAY 07: Amji- Lhasa
DAY 08: Gyabla 
DAY 09: Ghunsa  
DAY 10: Khambachen
DAY 11: Rest Day
DAY 11: Lonak
DAY 12: Rest Day
DAY 13: Pangpema (ESTABLISHMENT OF BASE CAMP FOR CLIMB)

DAY 14-16: Necessary preparation & rest at base camp

DAY 17 -50: Climbing period for the Mt Kanchenjunga

DAY 51: Trek to Lonak

DAY 52: Trek to Khambachen

DAY 53: Trek to Ghunsa

DAY 54: Trek to Sekarthum

DAY 55: Trek to Chirwa

DAY 56: Trek to Suketar

DAY 57: Rest & wait for the next flight for KTM

DAY 58: Fly to KTM & relax

DAY 59: Free day & evening group dinner

DAY 60: Fly back to home

 

Itinerary II (South Ridge)

Day 01: Arrival in KTM, transfer to hotel & short briefing

Day 02: Tour, Necessary preparation, introduction with expedition crew

Day 03: Final preparation and packing

DAY 04 : Gopetar
DAY 05 : Sinam
DAY 06 : Tawa Khola
DAY 07 : Othemba
DAY 08 : Yamphuden 
DAY 09 : Amji Khola 
DAY 10 : Thorangdin
DAY 11 : Chheram 
DAY 12 : Ramche
DAY 13 : Khuna Camp
DAY 14 : Moraines Camp
DAY 15 : Base Camp

Day 16 to 51

Day 52 to 58: Trek back to KTM

DAY 59: Free day & evening group dinner

DAY 60: Fly back to home

Price starts from: Contact us

Price Includes:  

  • Expedition climbing permit fee and necessary park fees  
  • Government Liaison officer wages and allowances
  • 4 (Four) nights hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • Internal flight and land transport as necessary
  • Excess baggage/Cargo and domestic airport taxes
  • Necessary number of porters/yak to carry full expedition loads
  • Cook and Kitchen boys.
  • Experiences & Professional Climbing Sherpas (02 persons)
  • Private tent at base camp (BC) with mattress
  •  Sleeping bags & Down jacket for BC purpose
  • Dinning tent at BC with gas heaters where possible
  • All necessary kitchen gears
  • Toilet & shower tent at base camp
  • All meals at base camp, during trekking in & out from BC
  •  Duffel bags to each member of the expedition
  • High quality high Altitude tents
  • All necessary climbing hardware gears
  • Quality high altitude freeze dried food & individual packet food
  • EPI gas with burner for high camps
  • Satellite phone and payable for personal (per minute $ 3)
  • Gamow/PAC bag at base camp for medical purpose
  • Oxygen with mask set for medical purpose at base camp
  • Daily wages, equipment bonus of staff + Liaison Officer
  • Insurance of local team members + Liaison Officer
  • All airport/hotel transportation  
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Celebration meal in Kathmandu after expedition

 Price Excludes:

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa & visa extension fees
  • Personal climbing equipments
  • Main meals in KTM( Lunch& Dinner)
  • Cost of emergency evacuation
  • Summit bonus of Climbing Sherpa
  • Tips to the local staff

Useful info

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Q) Can I really climb a mountain? Do I need to have climbing experience? How can I climb Mount Everest? Can I climb the seven summits?

A) The level of experience and skills required depends on your particular goal (search for your adventure here). We suggest that people undertaking a first climb should have had at least overnight trekking experience. For those who wish to take on a technically difficult, remote or extreme altitude mountain we'd expect participants to have appropriate experience and skills. Some ideas for preparing for climbing goals are given at the bottom of this page.

Q) Why go on a guided expedition?

A) There are many reasons that might make a guided expedition attractive even for experienced climbers. These include someone else taking care of all those details (including thing as diverse as booking and confirming hotels, checking the number of evening snacks, ensuring reliable support, transport, permits, visas, team members, gear, etc etc etc etc). This saves your time and energy for the part that really matters - working on achieving your goal. The high levels of support and experience aim to give you the best possible opportunity to succeed, a high level of risk management, and the Arun leaders and staff are there for YOU!

Q) What type of people comes along?

A) Climbing expeditions usually attract people in their twenties to fifties. Participants tend to be seeking a good quality, safe, well supported, good value and enjoyable adventure rather than the lowest cost.

Q) How fit do I need to be? Will I have to carry a lot of weight? Should I be able to do 100 chin ups?

A) The fitter you are, the more fun you (and your companions) will have. You will find guidance on preparing for your expedition on each adventure's web page (search here), our info packs and trip dossiers. A minimum level of fitness would have you being able to walk all day on uneven, hilly ground, carrying your day pack, and be able to get up again the next day. Many climbs will require a higher level of fitness and strength so you can carry heavy gear to high camps and really exert yourself on summit day.

Q) What gear is provided?

A) Included are individual sleeping tents for the trekking phase of most climbing expeditions, with dining and kitchen tents. On the mountain participants share serious, proven mountain tents. Climbing teams are equipped with emergency communications and first aid equipment as well as more prosaic things like climbing and cooking gear. There is a detailed gear list for each adventure which outlines what we provide as well as what you should bring. (Search here for specific adventures and download the info pack.)

Q) What's the food like?

A) Food arrangements are specific to each adventure, but you get three meals a day while on the track. In cities included is breakfast and, depending on the trip and the nature of the activities may also cater for lunch and dinner for the group. In the Himalayas the kitchen staffs have been training for years and work magic over gas or kero stoves in their kitchen tent.

While trekking the cooks prepare a varied menu of wholesome, tasty and plentiful food using fresh ingredients where possible. A trekking breakfast in the Himalayas usually includes cooked foods e.g. eggs, tomatoes, cereal or porridge, toast & spreads and fruit and a selection of hot drinks.

Lunch is often soup and a packed lunch, or a cooked lunch. Dinners are generally soup, a main meal (one of many Asian or European style dishes) veges, and a dessert (fruit to custard to baked apple pie!) Drinking water: will be provided at camps (collected with care, filtered, treated with chemicals and/or boiled), and at lunch time where possible. It is wise to carry a small amount of purifying chemicals (e.g. Iodine or chlorine) with you, in case you happen to need water at an odd time. In the developing world care should be taken to avoid untreated water and potentially contaminated foods like uncooked salads and some fruit. Bottled water is available in cities, but of course you can treat tap water in your own bottle too.

On the hill we eat easy to prepare food, often prepared by the team with assistance from guides and staff: freeze-dried foods, crackers, soups, snacks etc. On big mountains it is often a challenge to eat, so we provide foods to tempt your appetite and give you sustenance.

Q) Who will be responsible for my safety?

A) The short answer - you! All participants are expected to behave in a responsible manner, taking due care of themselves and others. Your expedition leader is responsible for the group including participants and staff. He or she will advise, manage and assist everyone, sometimes with the support of an expedition first aider or doctor, and will be assisted by guides, sherpas, and you and your climbing colleagues, all of whom will have roles to play.

Q) What if I get sick or have an accident?

A) Despite the best precautions, people do sometimes fall ill, sprain something or develop symptoms of AMS. Our expedition leaders will manage your care keeping in mind what's best for you and the rest of the group. Precautions include first aid qualifications and kits, emergency communications, evacuation plans, your travel insurance cover and our pre-preparation and medical advisors.

Q) What about altitude sickness?

A) AMS Acute Mountain Sickness (or altitude sickness) is the body reacting to the stress of high altitude. It is a concern for trekkers in the Himalayas and elsewhere above about approximately; say (is that enough vagueness!) 3,000m. Exposure to high altitude can lead to a number of 'normal' physiological reactions as well as mild to extremely serious illness and even death. The treks are designed with relatively slow acclimatisation schedules, rest days and alternative options. And there are medications and a number of management strategies in place should they be required. Don't be unduly concerned, but please talk to us if you have questions.

Q) I don't have much time, can't we do it quicker?

A) The adventures are designed around what we feel is the optimum itinerary, which incorporates adequate time for the suitably fit participant to do the climb comfortably; flexibility for weather, illness, unforeseen delays; time to enjoy the experience, your climbing colleagues and staff; learn about your surroundings if you wish; and, for altitude adventures, a fairly slow acclimatisation regime to minimise the risk of altitude sickness and maximise your chance of reaching your goals. All while also trying to minimise your time away from home. We would generally not recommend shorter itineraries (such as those used by less scrupulous operators) unless you were genuinely prepared to turn back if you (or your travel companion) becomes affected by AMS. If you really don't have the time available, we can perhaps suggest an alternative itinerary or goal that will work for you.

Q) My friend would like to visit, but isn't really interested in climbing...

A) Your friend, spouse, family, colleagues may like to join you on the trekking phases of the expedition, and could stay in Base Camp or Advanced Base Camp, depending on the trip, when you are on the hill. If they want to accompany you to our base city (e.g. Kathmandu) we can easily arrange extra accommodation, and places on our day tours, but we may also be able to arrange a series of day trips, a short relaxing trip into the country-side, scenic flights above the Himalayas, wildlife safaris and so on. Ask us for ideas, or suggest your own.