Trip Grade Extreme
Duration: 52 Nights/53 Days
Max. Altitude: 8586M
Destination: Nepal
Region: 8000m Peaks
Activity: Climbing & Expedition
Theme: Peak Climbing & Expedition

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Kanchenjunga (8586m) Expedition

Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 meter) is the third highest mountain in the world and it the second highest mountain of Nepal. Mount Kanchenjunga is the third after Mount Everest and Mount K2 in the world. Mount Kanchenjunga is located in the eastern part of Nepal. The name “Kanchenjunga” is derived from the Tibetan word ‘Kanchen’ and ‘Dzonga’.  ‘Kanchenjunga’ means “The Five Treasures of the Great Snows”, as it contains five peaks, Kanchenjunga I (8586m), Kanchenjunga West (8505m), Kanchenjunga South (8494m) and Kangbachen (7903m). The treasures represent the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books. Kanchenjunga situated between Nepal and Sikkim. This mountain is in remote place and relatively less trekking in this region. Due to its beauty and size it is considered a sacred mountain by local people of Sikkim. It was first climbed by a British team in 1956. Trekking Experts offers this Kanchenjunga Expedition to bring you to the top of world’s third highest mountain.

 

Kanchenjunga Expedition with Trekking Experts begins with an hour flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung via Nepal’s tea-state Ilam. The trail to base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga follows Tamur River that meets Arun below Mulghat. The river is fed by numerous glaciers. The north glaciers of the main peaks are clockwise Nupchu, Lhonak, Chichima, Gimsung, Pyramid, Kanchenjunga and Ramtang. West and south of the main peak are Kumbhakarna (Jannu), Yamatari and Yalung glaciers. On the way to base camp you will also witness the natural beauty of the farmlands, traditional villages, valleys and other landscape.

Trip Highlights

Climb the third highest mountain in the world Mount Kanchenjunga (8586m)

Homeland of endangered species such as snow leopard and red panda

Visit the religious temple of Pathibara temple

Panoramic views of mountains along the Kanchenjunga region

Modern as well as traditional settlements scattered along the area

Catch glimpse of Himalayan Black Beer, Assamese Macaque, Musk deer, Red Panda, snow leopards and other animals

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Today you’ll visit around Kathmandu at the same time Trekking Experts will be preparing for climbing. One of you who will randomly picked as the Team Leader in the group needs to visit Department of Tourism for permit formalities. It will be just for about an hour only. And you can continue your tour around Kathmandu. There are several world heritage sites in Kathmandu and you can visit three among them. Most probably you’ll visit Boudanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After first night stay in Nepal, depending on flight time, you’ll transfer to airport. And then will fly to Badrapur. Kathmandu-Badrapur flight will be around 30 minutes via jetstream aircraft. From Badrapur, you’ll take a local jeep/bus at Badrapur and drive to Ilam/Phidim. The route to Ilam follows the view of beautiful landscapes. Ilam is Nepal’s largest tea plantation area and serves as a major tourist area even for domestic tourists. The picturesque town of Ilam hosts large orchards of tea plants and is also famous for the Himalayan chew made of cheese.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 1275 meter

After early breakfast in Phidim, you’ll continue drive to Khantemba which will take about 4/5 hours’ drive. Upon arrival at Khangtemba, you’ll meet rest of our staff such as porters and then you’ll begin a crossing on a ridge trail that offers us a beautiful perspective on the surrounding cultures. The trail follows through the upper valley of the Tamur River, the road twists and turns and offers tantalizing glimpses of snow-capped peaks ahead.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 1672 meter

After breakfast and packing up all the gears, today you’ll start your first day of walking to Khebang. It will take about 5-6 hours walk to reach Khebang.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 1915 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll trek to Yamphudin. The trail leads you towards short climb to the north along the Kabeli Khola. Along the way we meet some Chhortens. Descend between the rocks to the village of Yamphudin (2080m). You’ll find Limbus and Gurungs people here.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 2080 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll trek to Torton. You’ll cross the Kabeli Khola by a series of bridges and backed up on the ridge between two rivers.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 2995 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you trek towards south east part of Kanchenjunga to reach Cheram. The trail leads you towards a long climb uphill, between the two hamlets there are almost 900 meters of vertical drop. From here you are not away from neighboring Sikkim. Passage in the forest and between piles of rocks from former landslides to reach Cheram.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 3870 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll trek to Ramche. Today you’ll cross the limit for alpine shrub facing the peaks of Rathong and Kabru. The trail follows the terminal moraine of the Yalung glacier. On the heights, it is possible to see blue sheep (large bharals). A flat valley where some houses Ramche to mark the end of the occupation human is the place of your camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5 Hours Walk
  • 4580 meter

Today you’ve full day for rest and acclimation in Ramche. For better acclimatization, you can hike to Yalung Glacier for acclimatization and back to Ramche. The purpose of this day is to reach the highest point of the moraine overlooking the glacier and the majestic peaks. The path goes along the river and you can see the main mass of Kanchenjunga (8586 m). Of crest of the moraine, the view is spectacular on the south side of Kanchenjunga; on the left edge to the west, the arrow Jannu or Khumbakarna.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 4580 meter

Today after breakfast you’ll move further to Yalung Glacier camp. The path goes along the river and you can see the main mass of Kanchenjunga (8586 m). Of crest of the moraine, the view is spectacular on the south side of Kanchenjunga; on the left edge to the west, the arrow Jannu or Khumbakarna.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6 Hours Walk
  • 4890 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll trek further to Kanchenjunga Advance Base Camp which will be our permanent base camp for this expedition. The trail follows the glacier till 5475 meters from sea level. Upon arrival at Advance Base Camp, your crew will set up camps there. Kanchenjunga Advance Base Camp is also known as Yalung Base Camp which is located on a rocky moraine with amazing views of the Kanchenjunga massive.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6 Hours Walk
  • 5475 meter

  • From today you have approximately 30 days for Mount Kanchenjunga climbing. During these days you’ll do rotations to higher camps, practice climbing, set up higher camps and supply necessary food and gears to higher camps. In the mean time, your climbing Sherpas will also fix the ropes in higher camps for climbing. Depending on the weather and other conditions you’ll make summit Kanchenjunga (8586m) and back to Base camp.
 
  • We shall set up four camps above Advance base camp in the mountain in order to make summit. Camp I will be at around 6200 meters from sea level. From base camp you’ll ascend to camp I, spend one night there and back to base camp again. Your climbing guide will review your basic and advanced mountaineering skill and provide some training at Yalung Glacier. Climb up Camp I will encounter mixed terrain including a few rock and ice sections. On the first section of rock you will encounter grassy slopes, rock slabs and moraine. Above the BC, the route follows a rocky spur up to 6000m. Then it climbs steep slopes and a serac up to a snow ridge at 6200m where camp I will be established. The first section of climbing on the moraine takes about two hours, then you reach the crampon point at the short glacier bottom, the glacier portion takes about 2 hours. Camp I is considered a very safe camp. For average climbers it takes about 4 hours.
 
  • After spending several days in advance base camp or base camp (5475m) for this trip, you’ll again ascend to Camp I and then to Camp II with an elevation of 6400 meters from sea level. The climbing from camp I to camp II will be the moderate technical section on Mount Kanchenjunga from south face. From camp I, the route follows a short horizontal ridge, and then descends on a plateau and then cross this plateau. Camp II is located at the end of the plateau at the bottom of the face. During this section you encounter the heart of ice and snow. The first section is just slogging over snow for about 20 minutes to get down on the glacier, and then you encounter several steep sections of ice. There are small sections of ice fall they do not require ladders. They can be crossed with the use of fixed ropes and big steps. Most of the route is fixed climbing Sherpa guides on a 30-35ºslope. For most people this is the crux of the route. Camp II is situated above the snowy terrace in middle bottom of the ridge. This is shortest camp between two. Expect that this section will take you about 2½ to maximum 3 hours for slow climbers. After setting up and spend one or two night at Camp II, you’ll ascend further to camp III at 7100 meters from sea level. Camp II to camp III is the longest distance on the route; you’ll encounter an elevation gain of 700m. At 6800m you encounter the base of the large serac which is roughly 20m high and overhanging at the end. It does not require any ladder crossings, but there are a few crevasses that are roughly a half meter that need to be jumped. This section for most climbers feels easier, but still it is not to be taken lightly, the climbing is still on sustained slopes and there is exposure to cold and wind. The trail is good and the route to pass the first serac is easy. The view from the Camp III will be amazing although in spring there have been reports of direct sun hitting this section making it feel very warm. This is the camp from where almost 10% climbers plan for summit push. However in order to your summit push easier Trekking Experts will fix camp IV before summit.
 
  • Depending on weather report for summit push, you’ll move further up to Camp IV just before summit push. Camp IV is for rest purpose. Camp IV is located above 7550 meters from sea level. Climbing from camp III to camp IV feels like a short distance. From camp III continue on the plateau where there are crevasses and seracs. Continue to the base of a spur, at the base of the big couloirs. Camp IV can be set around 7550m. Oxygen levels are very low at this altitude so it is expected that any effort no matter how minimum or trivial will feel arduous. In this section you have to climb for 3 hours on steep snow that is 50-55º. This section is little dangerous in autumn season because the snow slope is covering a layer of ice which makes the section avalanche prone. After spending short nap or rest camp IV, you’ll start your summit push very early morning.
 
  • Generally you’ll start your summit bid at 12:00 Pm. If all goes well you’ll reach the summit between 7-9am. From the camp 4, climb the Couloirs up to 8250 m. The Couloirs’ splits in two, take the right side and traverse Diagonal to the base of a steep wall around 8,400m, Climb the wall which is graded IV, continue to a rocky tower at around 8,450m. Climb a short snowy ridge then traverse to the right to a Chimney at around 8,500 m. Rappel down the Chimney, traverse to the right on mixed terrain to join a snow slope leading to the main summit at 8,586 m. The climb passes the false summit and finishes on an exposed ridge to the true summit for a spectacular view of the mighty Himalaya. Your Climbing Guides will fix ropes break trail and make every effort to assist the group to reach the summit of the third highest mountain in the world. After successful summit of Mount Kanchenjunga, you’ll back to advance base camp retracing your footsteps.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

Today, you’ll take rest after successful summit in the mean time your crew will clean up the base camp, pack up all the materials for descend to Ramche.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 5475 meter

After breakfast, you’ll trek down to Ramche over the Yalung glacier by retracing your steps.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 4580 meter

After breakfast you’ll trek down to Torton today by following your own steps.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 2995 meter

After breakfast you’ll trek down to Yamphudin today by following the same trail that you’d already trekked.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 2080 meter

After breakfast, today you’ll trek to Kheban.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 1915 meter

After breakfast, today you’ll trek to Khantenba.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 1673 meter

After breakfast you’ll catch your local jeep/bus and drive to Badrapur via Ilam. Upon arrival at Bhadrapur, you’ll check-in at local guest house and can relax and shower there.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 95 meter

Depending on your flight to Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to airport and say good bye to your entire crew. You’ll take an hour flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you’ll receive by Trekking Experts representative and drop you to hotel. And then you’ll have free time to relax at hotel.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Today is your last day in Nepal so prepare for departure, packing and returning gear. A massage is highly recommended to relax your tired muscles before your long haul flight home. Tour leader of the trip visits Department of Tourism for some Government formalities after the trip as De-Briefing. In the evening you’ll have farewell dinner at local Nepalese restaurant with typical cultured dances.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

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What’s Included

4 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis with bed & breakfast 2 nights in local lodges at Ilam and Bhadrapur on twin sharing basis with full board service (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 46 nights at Everest Base Camp in tented camps on single tent with full board service (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Kathmandu-Badrapur and Badrapur -Kathmandu flight with airport taxes 60 kg baggage per person for trek

Kanchenjunga National Park Fee Kanchenjunga Expedition Permit Fee Kanchenjunga Special Trekking Permit Fee Rope Fixing Charge Insurance for guide in order to obtain permit 1 Government Laison Officer with his/her insurance, food allowance and flights

1 English speaking experienced trekking guide 1 expedition cooks and required kitchen helpers at base camp 2 porters for every member to carry personal baggage All required porters to carry camping equipment, food, fuel and climbing gears for Khangtenba-base camp and base camp to Khangtenba

1 professional high altitude climbing Sherpa for every member (1:1 ratio) with his daily wages, climbing equipment and carry bonus charges

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner Support for tented camp, food and porters’ services for Base Camp All required insurance for entire trekking and climbing crew Support for transfer of cargos

1 sleeping tent for every member 1 Foam mattress for every member Dining Tents and kitchen tent Store Tents Required toilet tents Required Shower tents Required tables and chairs Required kitchen utensils with fuel Solar light for lighting purpose only 2 pairs of walki-talkies 1 Satellite Phone (rental) Comprehensive First

2-men high altitude sleeping tent for sharing basis Required Coffel Set and Gas burner/Epi Stoves High Altitude food for both Sherpas and members Climbing Gear in the mountains such as fixed rope, main rope, snow bars, snow shovel, carabiners etc. Cooking set in the mountain such as Epi gases, gas burner, cooking pots etc for members and sherpas 3 Oxygen Bottle for every member (4 ltr) 2 Oxygen Bottle for every HA Sherpa (4 ltr) 1 set mask & Regulator for every member 1 set mask & Regulator for every HA Sherpa

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Additional High-Altitude Sherpa if required (1:1 HA Sherpa is included) Summit Bonus and Non-summit bonus for all HA Sherpas Additional Oxygen if required Cost for second attempt if first is failed Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking/climbing crew

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