Mt. Kanchenjunga Expedition |55 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Main Summit, Middle Summit, South Summit and West Summit (Yalung Khang) – are over 8,540m.
  • The highest among these summits is the West summit with an altitude of 8,420m.

Trip Overview

Rising to a height of 8,586m, Mt Kanchenjunga, situated on the Nepal-Sikkim border, is the world’s third highest mountain. Meaning “Five Treasures of Snow” in Tibetan, the name Kangchenjunga refers to the mountain’s five peaks, four of which – Main Summit, Middle Summit, South Summit and West Summit (Yalung Khang) – are over 8,540m. The highest among these summits is the West summit with an altitude of 8,420m.

The first successful ascent of Kanchenjunga was made on May 25, 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, both members of a British Expedition, who stopped a few feet short of the actual summit in deference to the beliefs of the Sikkimese who hold the summit sacred – a tradition that most successful summit parties have since then followed.

The North Face route is regarded as the safest, though not the easiest, while the east flank of the South Summit is believed to be the most difficult route.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu – transfer to hotel
Day 02: Climbing preparation Mt. Kanchanjunga
Day 03: Expedition briefing  tourism department
Day 04: Fly to Suketar – Taplejung and stay lodge
Day 05: Trek from Suketar  –  LaliKhark camping
Day 06: Trek from LaliKharka -Khewan camping
Day 07: Trek fromKhewan – Yamphudin camping
Day 08: From Yamphudin  – AmjeKhola camping
Day 09: Trek from AmjeKhola-Torontan camping
Day 10: Trek from Torontan to Tseram   camping
Day 11: Trek from Tseram to Ramje and camping
Day 12: Ramje- acclimatization/hiking camping
Day 13: Ramje –  Kanchunjunga glacier &camping
Day 14: Glacier-Kanchanjunga base camp -camp
Day 15-42: Climbing Mt. Kanchanjunga
Day 48: Trek from base camp to Ramje&camping
Day 49: Trek from Ramje to AmjeKhole &camping
Day 50: Trek from Amije to Yamphudin  &camping
Day 51: Trek Yamphuding – Khewang and camping
Day 52: Trek from Khewang-LaliKharka- camping
Day 53: Trek LaliKharka to Suketar and stay lodge
Day 54: Fly  to Suketar to Kathmandu-stay in hotel
Day 55:
Transfer  hotel -airport  for final departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu – transfer to hotel
Day 02: Climbing preparation Mt. Kanchanjunga
Day 03: Expedition briefing  tourism department
Day 04: Fly to Suketar – Taplejung and stay lodge
Day 05: Trek from Suketar  –  LaliKhark camping
Day 06: Trek from LaliKharka -Khewan camping
Day 07: Trek fromKhewan – Yamphudin camping
Day 08: From Yamphudin  – AmjeKhola camping
Day 09: Trek from AmjeKhola-Torontan camping
Day 10: Trek from Torontan to Tseram   camping
Day 11: Trek from Tseram to Ramje and camping
Day 12: Ramje- acclimatization/hiking camping
Day 13: Ramje –  Kanchunjunga glacier &camping
Day 14: Glacier-Kanchanjunga base camp -camp
Day 15-42: Climbing Mt. Kanchanjunga
Day 48: Trek from base camp to Ramje&camping
Day 49: Trek from Ramje to AmjeKhole &camping
Day 50: Trek from Amije to Yamphudin  &camping
Day 51: Trek Yamphuding – Khewang and camping
Day 52: Trek from Khewang-LaliKharka- camping
Day 53: Trek LaliKharka to Suketar and stay lodge
Day 54: Fly  to Suketar to Kathmandu-stay in hotel
Day 55:
Transfer  hotel -airport  for final departure

Equipment List

Footwear:

  • Climbing boots
  • Cold weather boots for base camp
  • Trainers
  • Comfortable sandals
  • Lightweight hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Booties
  • Light socks
  • Heavy socks

Clothing:

  • Lightweight long underwear top
  • Expedition weight long underwear tops
  • Lightweight long underwear bottoms
  • Expedition weight underwear bottoms
  • Briefs/Underwear
  • Short-sleeved shirts/T-shirts
  • Jacket synthetic or fleece
  • Synthetic insulated pants
  • Down suit
  • Down insulated jacket with hood
  • Down pants
  • Waterproof breathable jacket & pants
  • Wind shirts/light shell jacket
  • One piece climbing shell (optional)

Head & Hand Gear

  • Lightweight syntheticliner glove
  • Headlamp with spare bulb and extra alkaline batteries
  • Windstopper fleece gloves
  • Insulated climbing gloves
  • Mittens with liners
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask
  • Mountain helmet

Accessories

  • UV Sunglasses
  • Glacier glasses
  • Ski goggles
  • Spare batteries

Climbing Equipment

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Carabiners
  • Webbing
  • Perlon cord
  • Ascenders
  • Rappel device
  • Camping Gear
  • Backpack
  • Day pack
  • Two Sleeping bags:-40C/-30F
  • Compression stuff sacks
  • THermal sleeping pad
  • Foam pad
  • 2 Water bottles
  • Lightweight steel thermal bottle
  • Pee bottle
  • Pee Funnel for Women.
  • Pack towel
  • Extendable 2 trekking poles
  • Swiss army knife
  • Large mug, plastic bowl, fork and spoon

Medical & Personal

  • Sunscreen
  • Lipscreen
  • Toiletry kit
  • Personal medication
  • Water purification tablets
  • Zip-loc bags
  • Baby wipes or wet towels
  • Ear plugs

Travel Items

  • 2 large expedition duffel bag
  • Small travel bag
  • Nylon stuff sacks
  • Lightweight cotton long sleeve shirt
  • Hiking pants and/or skirt/sarong
  • Lightweight pants

Cost Included

  • Arrival & departure transfers by private vehicle
  • B&B accommodation in Kathmandu at a 3 star hotel on a twin-share basis
  • Complete camping equipment for trekking
  • Accommodation & meals while trekking
  • Food & camping at Base Camp for members & staff
  • Expedition permit (shared basis) & national park fee (wherever applicable)
  • 1 tent per climber at Base Camp
  • 2 Base Camp staff (1 cook & 1 kitchen boy)
  • 1 liaison officer plus daily wages, equipment & insurance
  • Staff wages, equipment allowance & insurance
  • Required number of porters (porters to carry up to 30kgs each) including food & equipment
  • Domestic airfare (strictly as per itinerary) for members & staff
  • Cargo fees (strictly as per itinerary)
  • Cargo clearance & duty fees
  • All surface transfers as per the itinerary
  • Farewell dinner at authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural program

Cost not Include

  • Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
  • High-altitude Climbing Sherpa
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during trekking.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones and Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations,
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Personal climbing gears
  • Supplemental oxygen
  • Filming permit (if special camera)
  • Cargo Customs clearance duty fees
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs
  • Any other item not included in “Full Board Service Cost Includes” section

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  • Trip Duration: 55 Days
  • Trip Grading: More challenging
  • Max Altitude: 8,586m
  • Best Time: April and May & October and November
  • Trip Mode: Expedition
  • Group Size: 2-10 People
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